Reeves Gabrels

Ulysses (Della Notte)

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Gabrels has provided riveting guitar work for David Bowie and Iggy Pop, among others. But on this solo outing he overextends himself with an uneven song quality and thin vocal ability. To shore up the vocal limitations, he calls on Bowie, Robert Smith, and Dave Grohl for star vocal power, but this only emphasizes the album's shortcomings. While his guitar attack is still sharp, and some tracks quite strong (particularly the manic "Jewel," getting a terrific contribution by Bowie, and the blurping paranoia of "Trap"), on the whole it is an inconsistent work.

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