If you want a concept album that raises some fascinating moral and theological issues, and may just spark a fire in your own mind, then this is the album for you. And if you just want a well-produced, well-written collection of some of the most mind-bending instrumental rock to come down the provebial pike in ages, then this is also the album for you.
With "The Pilgrimage of Thingamuhjig," Bowders (Paul Gilbert, Justin Derrico, etc.) has thrown down a musical gauntlet. A bevy of guest guitarists provide a variety of moods, ranging from melancholy to metallic, for Bowders' compositions, but it is Jeff's drumming that is the real star here. If this album doesn't make the year-end best-of polls in drumming magazines across the globe, then something is really wrong.
Conceived as a concept piece, the text accompanying the CD describes the journey of Thingamuhjig as he seeks out ultimate spiritual truth. Each tune has its own textual companion, and the words and music are truly in sync with one another. A serious contemplation of the words might inspire your own spiritual journey, just as the incredible tunes are sure to inspire many a musical flight of fancy in the months and years to come.
The album's message and music combine to create something far greater than just a great album. --J. Buckley--
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