Glenn T. Hubbard
The Hubbard Concept
The title of this album reveals its progressive rock nature, but it is actually more pop-oriented than expected. However, let me define “pop” as in the Beatles, by whom Hubbard is clearly inspired, namely their later experimental work.
There is much to recommend about this CD, especially to those who know how to play music as well as listen to it. This is not your typical rock record. While most of today’s sounds seem to bask in their simple joys and amateur banging, Hubbard is taking us back to the days when the standards in rock & roll were higher. The fuzzy guitars in “Don’t Talk to Me” rest against jazzy textures that many contemporary rock groups wouldn’t even begin to comprehend. But it’s not about a musician showing off his technique. Hubbard really knows how to carve sharp hooks, and tracks such as “Lose My Way” and “Concrete World” reel in the ears and never let go.
Detractors of prog rock have often complained about the “pretentiousness” of the genre; however, Hubbard comes across as being totally likeable, and the harmonies in tunes like “Castro and the Pope” are wonderfully engaging. The best is probably “Whole Soul,” which is as gentle and soothing as the Beatles’ most quiet moments.
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