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Album Review

While most of the guitarists that belonged to the '80s "shred" movement seemed to put instrumental virtuosity first (over writing memorable and hummable songs), there were a few exceptions — notably Paul Gilbert. Of course, Gilbert can light up a fretboard with his chop-heavy technique when he so desires, but as evidenced with his work as part of Mr. Big, he can also pen an acoustic ditty or power ballad that will make housewives worldwide sing along. On his 2009 release, United States, Gilbert teams up with singer Freddie Nelson, for a set of rockin' tunes that leans heavy on the melodic side of things. Running the gamut from songs that would sound perfectly sung by a contestant on the now defunct Rockstar TV series ("Bad Times Good"), Mr. Big-style rock ("Pulsar"), synth-heavy new wave ("Girl from Omaha"), and Todd Rundgren-esque power pop ("I'm Not Addicted"), United States shows once more the many styles that the chameleon-like Gilbert can adapt to.

Customer Reviews

A touch of Queen

A nice departure for Paul Gilbert's excellent solo records this album feels like an early era Queen album. Freddie Nelson sounds similar to the other Freddie in many of the tunes. Good fun rock and with some great solo's. I like it.

Great Album

Being a big Gilbert fan, I was really impressed by his guitar work with great emotional solos on each song. The riffs on all the songs are insanely catchy. I was equally impressed by the Vocals with Freddie singing beautifully on all the songs and I can hear the Freddie Mercury influence. Lyrics are good but a little corny e.g. "I feel like Cellophane" is the worst culprit. I'm Free is a personal favourite because of the pure emotion in it. Great Album Overall.

certainly elements of Queen - Brian may in this

Very strong songwriting backed up by the Freddie Mercury soundalike Freddie Nelson which is no bad thing. The guitar playing of Mr Gilbert, is as always insanely impressive but this time there is a little more of a melodic touch to it which suits this music better. Great album and one any guitar fan should not miss.

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