Review: Paul Gilbert – Werewolves of Portland

Review: Paul Gilbert – Werewolves of Portland

The Players Club (June 4th 2021)

Reviewer: David Mark Pearce

Last month saw the release of Paul Gilbert‘s brand new solo album ‘Werewolves of Portland‘. A true solo album it is, as Paul plays everything – drums, bass, keys and, of course, guitar. I’ve followed Paul (as well as many of his fellow axe slingers) right throughout his career, though all the twists and turns along the way.

You’ll remember that Paul’s band, Racer X, was just out and out shred with fantastic songs to boot and Paul’s new album is equally entertaining. Certainly it’s nothing like Racer X, or Mr Big and it’s not out and out shred either. This is a very cool, instrumental, rock album with some really laid back moments along with some Paul Gilbert quirky moments too.

Paul’s lead playing is excellent. It’s got everything – feel, shred, appraising, laid back grooves. He can go from light, to rip your face off, in an instant and all whilst making it musical. I should add that, until I read Paul had played all the instruments himself, I was wondering who he’d got to play on his album – that’s how good the backing instruments are. Or, should I say, how good Paul Gilbert is at playing them.

Werewolves of Portland‘ is a strong, cohesive album that’s easily as good as anything he’s done previously. In fact, I think I’m going to be playing this album one hell of a lot!