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Gillette, Edward: Afterthought

Eric Gillette, who plays all instruments and sings all vocals on 'Afterthought', "made his mark as a member of Neal Morse's touring band for the 2012 Momentum tour. This is his first solo album and he has brought along a good supply of quality guest players including: Randy George, on bass on "Lost"; Adson Sodre, guitar solo on "You're Full of It"; Bill Hubauer, synth solo on "Rising"; and Daniel Eaton, additional strings and horns on "Lost".

'Afterthought' muscles to the front of the stage full of power bass and drums and grinding lead electric guitar. Power is definitely the name of the game here. Soaring guitar launches arch across slamming drums, deep bass, and excited electric keys. Instrumental and enough to wake the dead. Off to a surging start. ;^)

'Change', does not bring much after all. The heavy bass, lead electric guitar arches, and power drum kit reload and rev slowly back to the same force off the last track. Actually…more of the same. Which is not a bad thing…after all.

'You're Full of It' is full of keyboards at the opening…which does suggest a nice change. Then the arching guitars are back, complete with heavy bass and smashing drums. Three great 'Dream Theater' - like instrumentals. Ready for the big epic…with vocals…next.

'Lost' is a 22:16 minute epic track, which is by far the best song on the album. All of those instrumentals were a warm up for this. The lead electric guitars buzzing around herald the opening. Then Eric rips into a 'Dream Theater' – like synth and guitar run with bass and drums adding rhythm to the melody. Finally things slow down and we hear Gillette's voice for the first time. He sounds a lot like Neal Morse …actually. Lyrical themes are similar to Morse's. Great keyboards and synths. Ahhh…finally the piano….amazing. Then more dynamic synths. Wow! Then…back to the screaming electric guitar and smashing drums. 'You are not alone and you don't have to live this way. I will lead you there". Very inspirational ending.

'Rising' brings back the slamming drums, bass, and guitars, before more great electric guitar soloing ensues.

Finally, the closer 'Above the Sky' arrives at the album's finale. Inspirational lyrics and vocals surrounded with wonderful piano. Actually this track may be better than 'Lost' because of its wonderful diversity of sound.

Great album if you like instrument dominated music. There are many virtuoso performances from Gillette. Especially power electric guitar chords, heavy bass, and drums. Hopefully the next album will use more of those inspirational lyrics.

Track Listing:

1. Afterthought - 4:38
2. Change - 4:31
3. You're Full of It - 4:44
4. Lost - 22:16
5. Rising - 5:46
6. Bring You Down - 5:08
7. Out of Control - 3:57
8. Look Inside - 6:21
9. Stagger - 4:23
10. Blue Sky - 3:52
11. Miles Away - 5:35
12. Above The Sky - 4:44

Added: May 3rd 2013
Reviewer: Mark Johnson
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