Before I Speak

Before I Speak

by Kyle Riabko
     
 
This Canadian teen has been trumpeted as the next young buck guitar slinger in the mode of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. And while he shows off quite a bit of that virtuosity here, he also demonstrates a firm grasp of what makes a pop song really pop. Riabko has enough charisma to hold his own

Overview

This Canadian teen has been trumpeted as the next young buck guitar slinger in the mode of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang. And while he shows off quite a bit of that virtuosity here, he also demonstrates a firm grasp of what makes a pop song really pop. Riabko has enough charisma to hold his own duetting with Liz Phair, as he does on the playful "Chemistry," and enough guts to take a swing at Prince-ish funk like "Doesn't Get Better Than This." He's probably at his best when leaning gently into a lightly percussive groove, acoustic guitar in tow -- the M.O. he deploys on the John Mayer–styled title track. On the other hand, he is capable of unleashing some pretty impressive fretwork when the situation calls for it, which he does on the peripatetic "Paranoid" (which isn't, for those who might be worried about such things, a cover of the Black Sabbath chestnut). While it might have been nice to hear Riabko cut loose a little more often over the course of Before I Speak, it sounds as if he's setting himself up to do that in the future -- a future that looks bright indeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969277522
catalogNumber:
92775

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kyle Riabko   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Liz Phair   Vocals
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Matt Bissonette   Bass,Bass Guitar
Michael Bland   Drums
Vincent Jones   Piano,Pump Organ,Wurlitzer
Christopher Burke-Gaffney   Piano
Tim Christensen   Double Bass,Upright Bass
Dylan Thomas Hermiston   Drums
Jean Dolabella   Drums
Roger Mercier   Percussion
Gwen Riabko   Vocals

Technical Credits

Joel O'Brian   Programming
Matt Wallace   Audio Production
Mike Landolt   Engineer
Christopher Burke-Gaffney   Composer,Audio Production
Ria Shibayama   Art Direction,Artist Development
Kyle Riabko   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Dylan Thomas Hermiston   Programming

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