A singularity is a profound event such as the “big bang” which initiated the creation of the universe. It is also the name of the Robby Krieger painting which adorns his new album cover.
Robby Krieger was the lead guitarist of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame rock band, The Doors. While the members of the group shared writing credits for the most part, he wrote such well known songs as “Love Her Madly,” “Touch Me,” “Love Me Two Times,” and “Light My Fire.”Rolling Stone Magazine named him one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time.
While there are still elements of The Doors music in his current release, this instrumental album shows that he has evolved and moved in different directions.
His love of Flamenco music forms the foundation of Singularity.The album begins with “Russian Caravan Intro” which is a solo Krieger playing Flamenco guitar. Drawing on the old Doors song, “Spanish Caravan,” he channels the Spanish guitar master Segovia in tone and phrasing. This leads to the ten minute “Russian Caravan.” It begins similar to the music of a bull fight complete with a horn section. drums, keyboards, and bass supporting Krieger’s flamenco excursions.
“Event Horizon (intro)” and the longer “Event Horizon” continue this style but elements of jazz can be found in the mix.
“Southern Cross” with some excellent slide guitar and “Let It Ride” are the most traditional tracks. They are stripped to basics with only bass, drums, and keyboards supporting Krieger. The tracks are more melodic and reminiscent of some of his classic work with The Doors.
Singularity finds him taking some chances plus showing an ability to change and stay fresh which is always nice to see in an artist over forty years into his career. It may not appeal to everyone but if you are a fan of the guitar and particularly of Robbie Krieger it is a nice and interesting way to spend an hour.