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Roger Glover

And The Guilty Party – Snapshot

Review by Larry Toering

Roger Glover assembled some fine musicians in the shape of Warren Haynes and daughter Gillian, and called them “The Guilty Party.” This produced a one-off of sorts from 2003 that hasn't worn off yet. It's an easy listening masterpiece of the AOR / prog variety in many ways, but perhaps some still don't get it. Each track is of a different genre and so fresh that it still gets rotation, and everybody seems to just enjoy its groove. If I had to pick one solo album from any who's passed through Deep Purple, this would be a very strong contender. To this day it's a favorite of mine and I don't think that will be changing anytime soon.

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Track by Track Review
My Turn
A nice mid tempo groove instantly kicks in and provides an infectious danceable beat that keeps the pace throughout this modern rocker. It's the only track like it on the disc, but that is because every song seems to carry a different genre. Bramblett establishes his vocal prowess, which is a soothing tone from which so many singers could learn if they just relaxed the way he does. He’s a great singer, but this isn't the best on offer here, but really good, nevertheless.
Burn Me Up Slowly
This is Roger Glover's vocal spot for which a promo video was shot. It's a relaxing tune like most on the record, but again not one of the best to my ears.
Beyond Emily
Now this is easily one of the highlights. I love this tune and don't think I will ever stop doing so. There’s a great vibe from Bramblett on vocals and sax. The feel is so natural and effective that you swear you've heard it somewhere else. Of course, that is one of Glover's mad skills. This is something you could crank up anywhere and heads will turn, guaranteed. I love it!
Queen Of England
This is a tune written by Bramblett. He recorded another version of this, but I don’t like that one as much. It has a banjo riff and slide guitar solo from Warren Haynes. It's all so hard to get out of your heard, like a perfect little number. This track was played every day for a good year and a half on my local classic rock station, so something tells me it was deserving of such airplay. I happen to adore it, and all of its cool factors, as it's a track that simply has everything going for it.
No Place To Go
One of the slower paced cuts on the disc, this matches the charm of a few others, easily, but isn't particularly the best of the slower tunes. Still, there is hardly any way to dislike a tune like this.
The Bargain Basement
This features Gillian Glover on vocals, and she is wonderful on this classic piece. This begs to be heard to this day. It’s too bad things are the way they are in the music business, or this would probably still be getting airplay. It’s a superb track offered here, just magnificent.
What You Don't Say
The reggae feel to this is undeniably awesome, as another of the slower paced tunes kicks in and works its magic all over the place. This is so contagious that I could keep it on repeat for many plays and not even notice where it begins and ends. It's that good. This i just a fantastic, relaxed party tune.
Nothing Else

This is another of the slower tunes that doesn't pick up anywhere but does have a relaxing groove that won't quit. This is great but not one of the best numbers on offer.

Could Have Been Me
This is the least revisited track for me. I can't really get anywhere near as into it as I can with many of these great tracks. It’s still a good song, as all of them are. There are just some stronger and weaker points on the disc.

 

The More I Find
This is a charming little ditty that I'm sure Glover finds amusing somehow, judging by the likes of the content. It’s another of the not so favorite numbers, but yet another fine track that has a decent ring to it. There is an Irish feel to this one, as well.
When It Comes To You
I like this one a lot. This is not a bad tune, and Bramblett sings in a rock 'n roll style for just about the only track on the alum. I love this up there with the best of them to be found here. All of these tracks deal with frustrations of sorts, and that is what the title is all about.
Some Hope
This is another killer track like that of “What You Don't Say,” with some great points in the lyrics to keep it grounded, but by the time it's over I always want to go shopping for skiis.
If I Could Fly
This is easily a contender for the best here, but that would likely be a three or four way tie. This is simply an easy listening masterstroke, that’s all there is to it. With all there is going around in music today you would think people would be out there smelling these roses. This is super-fantastic. Bramblette outdoes himself on the saxophone here as well.
It's Only Life
This is a bluesy tune that features Warren Haynes, and it tends to sound like an Allman Brothers song. Underneath all of that, this track is great, with potential to further itself, as well. This is actually the only straight forward blues number on the disc, and it traditional enough to keep interest and take the proceedings out in the same style which started them.
 
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