Skeletons In The Closet is the first ever solo album from the remarkable Bob Kulick. This man has played with the best of the best but has never released his own material, until now.
It should be no surprise to anyone that the quality of the guitar playing on this record is quite stunning. There are plenty of heavy riffs and wailing guitar solos with a songs like the opening Rich Man and Not Before You being perfect examples of what to expect. I quite enjoyed London which had a very smooth vocal performance from Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider. So smooth that I didn’t actually realise it was him until he started using his trademark snarl. I don’t need to hear another cover of Goldfinger. I have never liked it and this isn’t much better. Player is also pretty sub-standard, but it is followed up by India which has a nice heavy Disturbed vibe to it. Personally speaking, it was the most consistent and enjoyable track on the album. The last three songs Can’t Stop The Rock, Guitar Commandos and Eyes of a Stranger is throwaway ’80s metal with the usual riffs and so on.
No amount of amazing talent (and there are plenty) can hide the fact that most of these songs are average at best. The lyrics are pretty god awful and the choice of singers is not the best. It would also have been nice to hear the music with better production. The drums sound awfully boxed up and quite low in the mix with the rest of the instruments clearly playing second fiddle to the lead guitar.
There’s not much to recommend here if I’m honest. Bob Kulick is a music legend, but he could do a lot better than this in terms of song writing. It is all very stale and uneventful.
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Track Listing :
- Rich Man
- Not Before You
- Skeletons in the Closet
- Can't Stop the Rock
- Guitar Commandos
- Eyes of a Stranger