Adam Gilbert â€“ Fishing For Water / 2008 Self / 13 Tracks / http://www.gilbertmusic.net /
â€œFishing For Waterâ€ is Gilbertâ€™s second foray into independent music. His first album, â€œK-16â€, provided an introduction to the styles and influences that shaped Gilbertâ€™s sound. â€œFishing For Waterâ€, his latest album, expands upon themes first heard on â€œK-16â€. â€œBreak Through Todayâ€ starts out the disc with an interesting blend of vocal and piano, with the dramatic tension of the track building up until a guitar cuts through the air. The resulting sound achieved by the track is something that has not previously been heard; the resulting sound on this track mixes equal part musical and Voltaire into a catchy, unique style.
â€œGive The World A Chanceâ€ has a much more natural progression than â€œBreak Through Todayâ€. The musical-like style of the vocals continue, bringing Gilbertâ€™s sound into something that could conceivably be heard on Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In a way similar to â€œBreak Through Todayâ€, the harmonies crafted by Gilbert on â€œGive The World A Chanceâ€ are tremendously infectious. The major difference in â€œGive The World A Chanceâ€ come in the set of influences that Gilbert touches upon; hints of earlyÂ Michael Jackson and Maroon 5 unite to create something that is simultaneously classic and current. â€œAll Of Us Are Missingâ€ moves the source of harmony from Gilbertâ€™s vocals to the piano work, this time linking together Warren Zevon, Billy Joel, and Counting Crows into a sound that will stay with listeners long after â€œFishing For Waterâ€ ends. The smooth, silky vocals of Gilbert on â€œAll of Us Are Missingâ€ operate as a cherry on top of what is already a solid track. Gilbert does not let his influences dominate the tracks on â€œFishing For Waterâ€; rather, each artist or act that influenced Gilbert is used by Gilbert as a garnish.
The disc reaches new levels with â€œDanny Knowsâ€, a piano-led track that is unique in that there are two sources of narrative present; Gilbertâ€™s vocals and the flittering piano line. The piano line is most interesting during this track because it approaches (and maybe even exceeds) the level reached by Tori Amos. Where most discs have a solid track or two strewn alongside ten or eleven weaker track, each and every song on â€œFishing For Waterâ€ could conceivably make it onto pop rotation. Gilbert has taken a major step from where he was at during â€œK-16â€, and subsequent albums will undoubtedly build upon â€œFishing From Waterâ€ in the same way. Pick up this album before Gilbertâ€™s music is present on every radio station from here to Walla Wall.
Top Track: Loversâ€™ Waltz, Only One