Roger Glover And The Guilty Party

Eagle Records, 2002

REVIEW BY: Mark Kadzielawa


Being a life-long Deep Purple fan makes it seem like you're obligated to check out all of the satellite and solo projects. In many ways it's a good thing because you get to be exposed to a lot of good music. It's been nearly 20 years since the last Roger Glover solo album, 1984's my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 The Mask. That was a very overlooked album, but at that time Deep Purple's reformation was in full swing, and what could possibly compete with the excellent Perfect Strangers?

Snapshot is a very varied album, probably unlike anything Glover did as a solo artist. It's an album that you put on late night, and relax to it. There really aren't any potential hits, although these days with the right airplay anything can become a hit. It's an album that you listen to all the way through and simply enjoy.

There are many guest musicians on this album, and that's probably why it sounds so different and diverse. There are some southern rock influences here, but they seem to be very gentle. It must've been the touring Purple did with Lynyrd Skynyrd that eventually rubbed off on Roger. If you're looking for any Purple-related sounds you'll hardly hear any. This album is a real departure from what Glover does with Deep Purple. But, on the other hand, why would he want to do solo albums that are identical to what he's already released?

Snapshot is definitely some good music, but this will probably go unnoticed by the general public. Deep Purple fans will pick it up out of curiosity, and others may accidentally get into it as well. Basically it's an album that fits any mood you might be in. Let's hope there won't be another 15-20 years of waiting before he decides to do another album, and how about another Gillan/Glover collaboration?

Rating: B

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