Picks and Pans Review: Mask
Glover once earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, pounding the bass for what Guinness certified as the loudest rock band in the galaxy: Deep Purple. He's been a card-carrying heavy metallurgist for most of his career, both as a musician (also playing with Rainbow) and as a producer (for among others, Judas Priest and Nazareth). You'd think he'd be stone deaf by now. But this surprisingly light-handed solo album suggests Glover has been lending an astute ear to less strident rock music, principally the Police and Peter Gabriel. The influence of the Police is unmistakable on the songs Divided World and The Mask, with their staccato synthesizers and tribal choruses. On the reggae tinged tune Fake It, Dave Gellis provides some sparkling guitar backup. (You're So) Remote features some arching harmonies by Kate McGarrigle, whose wispy, folky voice is about as far as you can get from heavy metal. Glover's voice is undistinguished, but as the producer of more than 25 albums, he does know how to make the most of his material. The only hard rocker is Dancin' Again, which Glover co-wrote with Gellis. Glover has already made a world record; now he's making music. (Polygram)
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