Friday, June 05, 2009

Album of Yesterday

The Shaming of the True, by Kevin Gilbert (2000): Posthumous art is always tricky business. It's often hard to say home much of the late genius's work shine through in light of the character of whoever finished up the project (A.I., I'm looking at you here). When he died, Kevin Gilbert left behind this sprawling unfinished rock opera, a tale of a music biz sell out who manages to recapture his soul. Lovingly pieced together by Nick D'Virgilio and others, the finished product is undeniably Kevin's work. It's perhaps not as brilliant as a whole as it might have been had Gilbert lived to see it through, but it's an awesome piece to leave behind as a legacy. It rocks. It cries. It jabs. It laughs. Brilliant.

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