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Artist:

Gabrels, Reeves

Album:

Rockonica

Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Favored Nations
Genre: [Fusion/Rock/Jazz/Blues/Country]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.0
Production: 8.5


Reeves Gabrels is a Grammy-nominated guitarist/songwriter/producer, who's probably best known for his work with David Bowie. In addition to his own solo project and the bands he has worked with, Gabrels has also contributed to various projects. For example, he produced and co-wrote instrumental music for Eidos/Quantic Dream game titled as Omikron (released under the title The Nomad Soul in the U.K.) with Bowie. About five years ago Gabrels decided to split from Bowie and set out on his own for good, and actually his debut album 'Ulysses' was nominated by Yahoo as the "Best Internet Only" album of the year (2000).

Gabrels' latest solo effort is titled as Rockonica, and it features a fusion of rock, jazz, blues and country with a hint of experimentation. The music on Rockonica is rather intricate and thus the long-term appeal of this album is rather good. However, I'm not the biggest fan of Gabrels' vocals, and I would have preferred some other vocalist over him. Nonetheless, I must admit his voice is occasionally very fitting to the music.

Rockonica was produced together with Reeves Gabrels and John X. Volaitis. Volaitis handled the mixing both at the Cherokee Studios and his own house. The sounds are mostly to the point and the mastering has been done professionally as well. Bruce R. Buehlman took care of mastering at Larsson Studios, Los Angeles.

In case you listen to guitar-oriented fusion music and aren't put off by experimentation, then Reeves Gabrels' Rockonica is the album for you.

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- MAGE (April 10th, 2005)



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LINE-UP:
Gabrels, Reeves: Lead and Harmony Vocals, Lead, Slide,
Rhythm and Baritone Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric
Piano, Harmonica, Bass, Dulcimer, Percussion, Crunch Flute,
Organ & Loops
Ill, Paul: Bass on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 & 10 and Verse
Flange
Avery, Brock: Drums and Percussion on Tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 8,
9 & 10
Memullen, G. Elroy: 12-string Acoustic & Pedal Steel on
Tracks 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 & 10
Resnicoff, Matt: Harmony Vocals and Guitar on 'Sign from
God' and 'Leper'
Volaitis, John X.: Harmony Vocals on Tracks 2, 6, 8 & 9 and Organ on
'Underneath'
Duran, Gerry: Electric Piano on 'Underneath' and Organ on
'Anywhere (She Is)'
Lunn, Doug: Bass on 'Underneath' & 'Anywhere (She Is)'
O'Donnell, Donnacha: Lead Guitar on 'Underneath',
Sustainer Guitar on 'Anywhere (She Is)', Wah & Textural
Guitar on 'The Conversation', Guitar on Tracks 6, 7 & 8 and
Harmony Vocals on 'Uphill Both Ways'
Ciago, Ronnie: Drums & Percussion on 'Underneath' and
'Anywhere (She Is)'
Vechayiem, Jay: Percussion on 'Underneath'
Coombs, Leroy J.: Treated Commentary on 'Anywhere (She Is)'
Burgess, Tim: Harmony Vocals on 'The Conversation'
Producer: Gabrels, Reeves & Volaitis, John X.
Mixing by: Volaitis, John X.
Mastering by: Buehlman, Bruce R.
TRACKLIST:
Gabrels, Reeves - Rockonica  CD  Cover Image
01. Sign from God
02. Leper
03. Underneath
04. Anywhere (She Is)
05. The Conversation
06. Continue
07. 13th Hour
08. Tunnel
09. Uphill Both Ways
10. Long Day

Length: 57:03
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