Turns out the angelic voice that flows in and out of the most beautiful songs Spock's Beard ever recorded can sing just about anything. On Karma, Nick D'Virgilio's long-awaited solo album, the Spock's Beard drummer displays amazing vocal confidence on acoustic piano tracks ("Come What May" and "Anything"), chunky King's X-style rockers ("Forgiven"), R&B-flavored soul numbers ("I Dream in Red") and trash-can percussion pieces (the title track).
Karma may be far from the soaring experimental progressive-rock territory of NDV's main band, but that's a good thing. This is melodic progressive-pop music your friends — and maybe even your spouse — will dig. NDV's honest lyrics uplift as much as they chill, and his musical dexterity not only on drums, but also on guitar, bass and keyboards, inspires nothing short of awe.
What's more, Karma must be one of the last albums to feature the talent of the late Kevin Gilbert (Giraffe, Toy Matinee), who played piano and 12-string guitar on "The Game." Forget fancy genre categories; the classy Karma transcends them all.