Review Gail Silverman aka G. Solo Release
Intense, Alanis Morisette-influenced, angry rocker girl takes a spiritual, introspective angle on new record.
After nearly 17 years surviving New York City’s creative, yet intensely competitive, music scene, Girls Rock & Girls Rule founder and musician Gail Silverman made like a winter bird and transplanted to Sarasota, Florida. With the move she left behind memories of late-night subway rides and heavy, rock-and-roll jams with other female-infused bands she helped to elevate. More notably, she also left her band for sunnier, warmer pastures. So, of course, it only made sense that she would create a record that reflected this moment in her life.
“Here I Am,” the first record from GRGR’s Silverman in nearly a decade, is a decisive move away from the traditional balls-out-fierce-femme rock churned out in the late ‘90s and early 2000s that Silverman and her band, G-Spot, latched onto.
The six-song album mixes lazy acoustic guitar with strings, effects, and instrumental infusions. Percussion is also acoustic, a stark contrast to “Come Here Go Away’s” (her band’s last release in 2005) thunderous vibes.
Title track “Here I Am” is pretty and declarative, a good theme song for this point in Silverman’s life. Meanwhile, “Virtual Reality” and “Fix Me” retain touches of Silverman’s angry-NYC-girl sense of humor.
Silverman, an avid Kundalini yoga devotee, both works and practices in the new-age, earthy spiritual community, where gurus are more common than Gods. And so it is fitting that these and the other four tracks reflect her spiritual bent.
“I think I’m going to make something that reflects where I am now, a little more spiritual, a little less rocker chick,” Silverman told me in a recent phone interview.
“Fix Me” is perhaps the most amusing take on spirituality. Throughout the song, Silverman name drops “so many remedies” — from 12-step groups to Kundalini and chakra cleansing — that promise to “Fix Me Already.” But instead of a simple, strummed acoustic rant, Silverman layers bells and gongs on top of the track paying a mocking homage to the new agers she calls her peers.
“Faith” is the loveliest, most genuine, hymn-like piece. When Silverman sings “I just want to shed my skin/open up and let it in” the listener feels the words. Perhaps the best surprise here is Silverman’s voice – wise but not weathered, and rich in experience without sounding overly jaded.
In some ways, her music still proves you can take the girl out of New York, but you can’t take New York out of the girl.
Check out Fix Me from the new album- Fix Me
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