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Bob Kulick: Skeletons In The Closet
Bob Kulick - Skeletons In The Closet CD Album Review

Bob Kulick: Skeletons In The Closet

Melodic Hard Rock
4.5/5.0

For most of us who follow the world of hard rock, Bob Kulick needs no introduction. The Grammy Award winning guitarist, songwriter, and producer has a musical career that spans five decades. He's played with a host of assorted and varied acts including Meat Loaf, Motorhead, Lou Reed, W.A.S.P., Skull, and Murderer's Row, and that's just the short list. Most likely you may also remember his infamous association with KISS, like ghosting Ace Frehley's guitar parts on the Alive II studio recording.

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With all this history, fame, and fortune, you would have thought Kulick would have cut a solo album, maybe more than a few by now. But no. Skeletons In The Closet is his debut solo studio album. It features guest performances from Dee Snider, Rudy Sarzo, Vinnie Appice, Frankie Banali, and his brother Bruce, among a host of others. Kulick uses seven different vocalists over the course of the recording. Additionally, the album consists of four new songs, which were the impetus for the project, a cover of Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger from the James Bond film, and five old songs. Of those five, Kulick describes them as "my all-time favorite songs out from my "closet" creating Skeletons in the Closet." You can read more about the songs in this biography of Kulick supplied by promotional agency Head First Entertainment.

You should take a moment to read Kulick's explanation of the songs as I'm only going hit some highlights here. Suffice to say, with Kulick being a master song composer and guitarist, this a very guitar-forward album. The breadth and depth of his riff and solo skills are the highlight of the album. Musically, the songs are straight forward melodic hard rock with a vibrant metal edge. That edge is heard boldly within London, Player, Guitar Commandos, and the Goldfinger cover, probably the heaviest song here. For the Murder's Row song India, Kulick drops in a pleasing sitar solo in the later third. For some heads up hard rock Kulick offers Can't Stop The Rock, which sounds something of a KISS song (but came about writing songs for SpongeBob SquarePants episode. You read that right).

All in all, Bob Kulick's Skeletons In The Closet is an appealing and entertaining first solo album, which only adds to his impressive and ongoing musical career. Hopefully we can expect more in the future. Recommended.

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Bob Kulick's Skeletons In The Closet is an appealing and entertaining first solo album, which only adds to his impressive and ongoing musical career. Hopefully we can expect more in the future. Recommended.

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