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Review Summary

 

...murky, haunted songs and sounds.  ...an intricate network of rhythms throughout.

Performing Songwriter Magazine Top 12 DIY Picks

 

...the most impressive debut album I’ve heard in several years.

...sounds like a 21st century Pink Floyd with a female vocalist. (4½ stars) 

AMZ/music-reviewer.com

 

...strong compositions blended with equally forceful lyrics

All Media Guide (AMG)

 

I can't say enough about this band. The music is absolutely excellent.

This is art in its rarest form.  (5 Stars)
THEGLOBALMUSE.COM

 

For fans of delicately layered pop music spiced with drama, this is a disc not to miss.

The Star Newspapers

 

...some of the most intricate music heard outside of full-orchestrated compositions. ...reminiscent of early Pink Floyd with a dash of Tool's tendency to put "thinking" melodies into a near commercial friendly atmosphere.
Flickmusic

 

Layered instrumentation, compelling lyrics, and finely detailed production;

...highly classy music

JavaMusic Review

 

...promises to be a success with a different perspective and a refreshing twist.

Maximum Ink Magazine

 

...the sound here is so thick, you could fall into it for days. 

Aiding & Abetting Magazine

 

...orchestral pop with progressive rock arrangements

that incorporate elements of classical and jazz.

Amplifier Magazine

 

...exudes an essence of mystery with an airy blend of dark synth pop and rich vocals.

Alternative.com

 

Signing Einstein create intelligent music for grown-up listeners.

Free the West Memphis Three

 

Layered electronics, whispers, and harmonies are all expertly combined.

Hit Session

 

...melodic, often hypnotizing swirls of new wave and dark pop.

Music Dish

 

...a modern rock tapestry

Renegade Newsletter

 

The sound is amazingly produced. ...a professional musician's album.

Smother E-Zine

 

...sounds like Eurythmics did in their prime.

Collected Sounds

 

... excellent songs performed brilliantly.

Cosmic Debris

Review Summary

Smother E-zine

From Chicago, <Signing Einstein> is one of those bands that give me writer's block. So good but I know I'm not going to do a good job of conveying that in this review. It's one of those things where you listen to the tunes and you rock out and then you sit down and are totally in awe of the fact that all words escape you. How's that for a run-on sentence? Anyways their style is pretty unique. The sound is amazingly produced. Some songs remind me of the epics that Pink Floyd used to write. Their singer, Gina Gonzalez has a beautiful voice and doesn't allow it to be underplayed by the music. A perfect mix to be sure. This is a professional musician's album even the lyrics were painstakingly written. Occasionally there are hints of world-beat, blues, and this is all tied together well with a modern rock feel. Let the rhythm rock you out too.

J-Sin - Smother E-zine (2001)

Global Muse

Sound Quality 5 stars

Production     5 stars

Musicianship   4 stars

Originality      5 stars

Over All        5 stars

Sometimes just a cool band name is enough to make one want to listen to a certain CD, and this is no exception. Signing Einstein is definitely a very cool and original name for a band. That is only the beginning of what this band has to offer. The music goes far beyond the name. It's truly a creation of artistic beauty like nothing else I've heard. Their bio states that the band reflects influences from Pink Floyd to Berlin. There couldn't be a more perfect way to define this band. The music is a mellow progressive rock style. The lyrics are haunting and so well written that they reach the levels of jaw dropping. The musicianship is also just as amazing. The guitar work on this album is very impressive, and possesses a tone so smooth and warm that it sends chills up my spine. The female vocals are the essence of this music. Gina Gonzalez is one of the best singers that I think I've ever heard. Her voice is like a Siren calling. With a tone and presence that captivates every listener, she seemingly effortlessly gains control over everyone in ears reach. I can't say enough about this band. The music is absolutely excellent. This is art in it's rarest form.

Michael Allison - Global Muse (Jul, 2001)

Music Dish

The dark side of the force comes out when the three who are Signing einstein perform their melodic, often hypnotizing swirls of new wave and dark pop. Think Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode with the voice of a lower Sarah McLachlan before it. Gina Gonzalez is that cobra vocal, the one you keep listening to even when you see the teeth coming to bare. Joe Nuccio on bass and Vincent varco on keys complete the trio, with hired mercenaries on guitar and drums. Easy to see why a bass player should have a permanent place in the equation. every track that comes out is well below sunlight, easing a night-jazz coating and a sleepy edge to it. The pop of 'Voices' is the perfect example, with Gina overdubbing herself in the back, while Vincent has some elctronic fun, as we step through the streets that are no longer lit. 'What the hell they want from me?/Endless interrogation./I feel asleep inside this dream/Though I'm wide awake.' Yeah, if you're looking for love songs, look behind the couch. Signing Einstein, as the band name suggests, is far beyond the mundane, commonplace thoughts of This world. They are looking for a higher meaning, through story songs, through picture painting, as individual as an A&E Biography. Try the opening 'Edward Teach' if you don't believe me, and try to make out the ghost ship through the audio fog laid down for a moment before guitars start their rock opera opening. 'We set to sea/1718/The gallows are waiting./For the menace of the sea./Dressed in black./Six pistols cross his chest./The captain of Adventure./Flaunts his Pirate's crest.' It is a cross-over child of the 70's and 80's, something between Tim Curry and Fleetwood Mac, and it's utterly captivating. Normally, I'm an instrumental animal, always choosing soundscapes in which I can lose myself for an hour while working on other things. Vocals get in my way. Not so with Einstein. They are zombies walking the 5 to 5 shift, always in search of a new sunset and perhaps a little amiable companionship on the way - to what? To answers, or more frizzy hair and formulae.

Ben Ohmart - Music Dish (2002)

Performing Songwriter Magazine

Top 12 DIY Picks (Top 2% Nationally)

Combining influences from Pink Floyd and Siouxsie and the Banshees to the Sisters of Mercy, Signing Einstein have a truly sexy, moody, vaguely creepy vibe about them. Singer Gina Gonzalez has the perfect voice for the murky, haunted songs and sounds of Vincent Varco (keyboards) and Joe Nuccio (bass). Her voice cuts through and rises above the King Crimson-esque arrangements and Bauhaus-like intensity to glide like a beautiful, mournful spirit. Now, I don't mean to imply that Signing Einstein are all Floyd or gothic seriousness. There's an intricate network of rhythms throughout, like on "Hit Me Like A Train" where Nuccio and session drummer Randy Harrah achieve a Rush-like rhythm-section web beneath Gonzalez's adept, sparkling voice. The swimmy, pop-infused "Love, the Same" is reminiscent of Berlin and much other great, dark music of the '80s; "Time to Decide" has a Blondie-gets-drunk-with-New Order vibe. Then there's the Specials and Madness infused "Wipe the Pages Clear"- a fun little ska ditty that seems to be on the record entirely to lift the mood at the end (or confuse the hell out of you).

Clay Steakley - Performing Songwriter (Apr, 2002)

AMZ-Music Reviewer

Rating: 4.5 stars

The debut album from Signing Einstein is one hell of an effort. In a way it's a shame it hasn't attracted major label notice, but I am afraid of what would happen if it did. Joe Consultant, working on behalf of the major label, would say the album couldn't be used as is. Only a couple of tracks would be considered radio friendly. Joe Consultant of course knows what the public wants, or at least what he can convince them they'd want. He'd immediately have the radio-friendly songs rerecorded by some teenagers that could sing harmony and that knew a few basic dance steps. He'd call them 'artists' even though they were singing a song someone else wrote the way someone else wanted them to sing it. Meanwhile Signing Einstein would be lucky to get a songwriting credit out of the deal. Luckily for me, the album got released as-is, and the most impressive debut album I've heard in several years ended up in my hands for review. (As is customary, I'll bow to my editor and say "You are my God" several times in gratitude.) At times, such as in the opening track, "Edward Teach," the band sounds like a 21st century Pink Floyd (with a female vocalist, Gina Gonzalez). Soaring guitar licks that would make David Gilmour proud are coupled with bass and keyboard playing that doesn't take a backseat to the guitar sound. The band is made up of Gina, aforementioned vocalist, Joe Nuccio on bass, and Vincent Varco on keyboards. They also bring in Dave Uhrich on guitars, and although he is listed as an additional musician in the album credits, his playing impresses me as much as anyone in the band. Joe Nuccio's lyrics are brilliant and thought provoking and the band does moody and atmospheric songs, such as "The Prey of Nantahala Lake" and "Voices," as easily and capably as they do songs like the Blondie-esque closer "Wipe the Pages Clear." Gina's vocals and Joe's lyrics both really shine on the two "slower" numbers, "Heart Beating," and "Be That As It May." "Be That As It May" in particular makes me smile when Gina sings: "If I kiss you now, expectations change. What were thoughts reality will rearrange". Sandwiched in-between is the feisty "Hit Me Like a Train" that features a bluesy guitar riff that pairs a Double Trouble sound with the fervor of an onrushing train. Keyboards fuel "Love, The Same" and "Time to Decide," and the album winds to a satisfying close with the peppy "Wipe the Pages Clear." The keyboards in "Time to Decide" are fast and energetic, somewhat reminiscent of "Metro"-era Berlin or Alphaville's "Monkey In the Moon." By the time "Wipe the Pages Clear" arrives, and Gina sings: "If I don't do nothing at all or all that I set out to do, I'll still look back and think that it's great if this time next year I have you," I am agreeing except that what I want by this time next year is another Signing Einstein album.

Trey Parks - AMZ-Music Reviewer (2002)

Music Morsels

Chicago's Signing Einstein has a unique perspective on ambient, progressive rock. You feel touches of Pink Floyd, Renaissance and Alan Parsons Project, but the catalyst is the dreamy but intense vocals of Gina Gonzalez. Unlike many prog bands, they also keep the songs mostly under five minutes which bodes well considering the more mellow vibe to them, but this is also exciting music with the subtle explosiveness of the guitar work provided by the renowned Dave Uhrich in a guest role. The talents of the other players shine throughout the CD as well. They also slip in some surprises, such as island and electronica vibes, creating a mosaic that is brimming with life and some seriously cool tunes.

Serge - Music Morsels

Flick Music

Some of the best musicians in Chicago have convened in one band to dish out some of the most intricate music heard outside of full-orchestrated compositions. Signing Einstein is reminiscent of early Pink Floyd with a dash of Tool's tendency to put "thinking" melodies into a near commercial friendly atmosphere.

 

·  Vocals: B+ (3.5)

·  Lyrics: B+ (3.5)

·  Guitar: A (4.0)

·  Bass: A- (3.8)

·  Drums: B+ (3.5)

·  Other: A- (3.8)

·  Overall: 3.68 (out of 4)

Peter Oberth - Flick Music (Aug, 2001)

Maximum Ink Magazine

With the popularity of vocalists such as Sarah McLachlan and Dido, now is a great time for female artists to thrive. Signing Einstein's lead singer Gina Gonzalez is a new talented face in the crowd, showing great finesse and originality in this debut CD. Backed by Vincent Varco on keyboards and bassist Joe Nuccio, Gonzales masterfully moves through reggae, blues, pop and power ballad tracks with a subtle strength and a unique flavor. An adult contemporary rock group from Chicago, the trio recorded 10 tracks each illustrating a radically different mood.  In the opening song, Gonzales performs a dark ballad reminiscent of Pink Floyd, singing "Edward Teach must die/Edward Teach must die".  "Be That As It May" reflects Gonzales' soulful side, as she glides along with a Bonnie Raitt flavor.  The album wraps up with the reggae influenced "Wipe the Pages Clear".  Overall, Signing Einstein promises to be a success with a different perspective and a refreshing twist.

Michelle McMullan - Maximum Ink Magazine (Aug, 2001)

Amazon.com Editorial Reviews:

Best Quality: Lyrics

Reviewer: Deborah W Stein from Buffalo Grove, Illinois United States

I've listened to the CD several times and what stikes me are the lyrics. They are heartfelt, poignant. I also like the fact that you can UNDERSTAND what the lead singer is saying. No Nirvana lips here. My favorites: Love, The Same and Hit Me Like a Train. The words are from the heart and soul. You could almost change the melody to a blues sound because of the words. A fine effort. You won't be disappointed.

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Best Quality: Take the Plunge

Reviewer: David Andrews from Gurnee, IL United States

With the glut of choices out there today, why should you spend [$] on a CD from a group you've never heard of? Well, how about great musicianship combined with music that will stick with you long after you've finished listening. Combine that with the voice of an angel and [$] is well worth it. In today's corporate music world how far will this band go? Who knows--but let's hope this group finds a way to spread its music beyond Chicago. As far as fave songs go - I can't get away from Heart of Stone - absolutely beautiful. And Gina Gonzalez gets to stretch out her pipes on Wipe the Pages Clear, which has a "Tide is High" Blondie sound, coupled with an Aretha meets Ella scat. Best $ I've spent on an "unknown" CD in a long time.

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Best Quality: Bravo! Great 1st Album

Reviewer: Robert Prondzinski (see more about me) from Lindenhurst, IL USA

Came on to this album by accident but loved it. A real rare find.

This is a great first album by an unknown group (... but not for long). Loved "The Prey Nantahala Lake". "Wipe the Pages Clear", "Time To Decide", "Hit Me Like a Train", and "Edward Teach" were also exceptional. Great lyrics. Keep up the good work. I am looking forward to more albums by this group. If their next album is anything like this album this group could reach super stardom.

Amazon.com Editorial Reviews

Collected Sounds

Signing Einstein's debut album has a very nice sound. The opener "Edward Teach" has a suitably dramatic lyric about piracy and a great melody. The band has a strong singer in Gina Gonzalez. The music is a mix of progressive rock, folk, and contemporary pop. "Time to Decide" sounds like Eurythmics did in their prime, a sound I had forgotten I liked so much. This is a very accomplished debut that sound wonderful.

Anna Maria Stjarnell - Collected Sounds (2001)

Cosmic Debris Magazine

signing einstein began as a collaboration between Chicago songwriter/producers Joe Nuccio and Vince Varco. Without a band, a contract or any commercial restraint, the pair sat down to write the best songs they could. When the material was assembled, they enlisted singer Gina Gonzalez to bring them to life with her moving, dramatic vocal style. Interestingly, the songs were written with a male vocalist in mind, but Gonzalez' work on early demos of the material made her the clear choice to join the core group. For this recording, session players were recruited, including guitarists Dave Uhrich and Abdul Hakim and drummer Randy Harrah. With all the parts in place, moved from project to product, and the result is a highly entertaining, highly original set of ten songs that reflect a wide range of influences but don't quite sound like any of them. The label suggests Pink Floyd and Berlin as reference points, and that's fine as far as it goes, but there's much more here than those names suggest. I can't provide a reliable set of "if you like ______, you'll like this" references for this one. Suffice to say that if you like excellent songs performed brilliantly, you should like .

Shaun Dale - Cosmic Debris Magazine

Java Music

Signing Einstein represents an American view of the newly revised progressive / art rock form, first established by bands like Renaissance and Yes in the late sixties and early seventies.

Layered instrumentation, compelling lyrics, and finely detailed production give songs like Edward Teach a modern flavor that stands up well to other contemporary indie prog / art rock bands like the Illusion and eN.

The Prey of Nantahala Lake at over 10 megs comes in at an amazing 4:29 on the mp3 player. How is that possible, I wonder. Lifted by the gifted vocals of Gina Gonzalez, this song is the most reminiscent of later day Renaissance, only with much fuller and emotionally poignant vocal work.

This is highly classy music and a worthy addition to the Pro Critic Set List.

Pro Critic Radio - Java Music (Aug 21, 2001)

Star Newspapers

Not Bad- A solid Listen

They describe themselves as an adult contemporary cross between Berlin and Pink Floyd, but when I first listened to Algonquin, Il., band's self-titled CD, I was reminded more of the atmospheric attack of England's Hooverphonic, Canada's Sound Poets and Tara MacLean or, closer to home, Champaign-Urbana's The Moon Seven Times, which released a couple of critically acclaimed ethereally avant albums on Roadrunner Records.

<signing einstein> singer Gina Gonzalez tops off Joe Nuccio and Vincent Varco's ambient jamming with a charismatic yet dreamy delivery that insists (gently) to be heard. This is an act that manages a nice mix between reflective background music and pop-rock. Look for them to grow beyond their local JNI Record label to national exposure. But in the meantime, check out this laid-back, professional-sounding disc that includes the dramatic "Edward Teach," the dreamy guitar ballad "Heart of Stone," the progressive-rock influenced, dreamily layered vocal exercise of "The Prey of Nantahala Lake" and the Grey Eye Glances-esque airy pop gem "Be That As It May."

For fans of delicately layered pop music spiced with drama, this is a disc not to miss.

John Everson - Star Newspapers (Sep 6, 2001)

Renegade Newsletter

With vocals and guitars soaring in diferent, complimentary directions, Signing Einstein paints a modern rock tapestry that blends alt-rock approach with the smoothness of soft progressive (along the lines of Alan Parson's Project) to build a smooth-yet-slightly-edgy disc of radio-ready rock that could make Signing Einstein a sort of Eutythmics for the '00s. Softly smoldering, quirky, and thoughtful.

Geoff Wilbur - Renegade Newsletter (Jan, 2002)

Thrill Racer

Eerie mellow-type rock written and played by a male songwriting duo (Joe Nuccio and Vince Varco) but sung by a female vocalist (Gina Gonzalez) which makes for a detached kind of vibe. The writers cite Pink Floyd as an influence and I can hear that--it has that similar haunting rock tone. For example, the opening track, "Edward Teach", describes the anticipation of his death (and I did my research and discovered that Edward Teach was the legendary pirate, Blackbeard, who needed more than the average number of bullet holes and sashes in order to die.) There's a gothic element to the music and you might even compare it to Siouxsie. The final track,"Wipe the Pages clear", has trumpets and is reminiscent of Blondie.

Thrill Racer (2001)

Independent Reviewer

 

Romance is back. Not pretty, happy romance – romance in the classic Wuthering-Heights-Heathcliff-will-die-and-come-back-from-the-dead-because-he-loves-you sense. Listen to the love. There’s no post-modern irony in these keyboards, just straightforward love of music. How does Signing Einstein get there? Strong songwriting fronted by the languid voice of Gina Gonzalez. Think of a more powerful Margo Timmins from Cowboy Junkies by way of Mazzy Star. Her lush vocals will take you to another place.

 

Musically, Signing Einstein picks and chooses a variety of influences and blends them into a vibrant frappe. They travel from moody, ambient territory to late 70’s/early 80’s power ballads and even add a folksy feel at times. You might get just a hint of Pink Floyd or, dare I say it, a tad of Freebird. Hell, they even pull off a great little dance hall style ska number. For a tasty mélange of unexpected flavors, sign yourself up for the genius of Signing Einstein.

David David Katzman - Independent Reviewer (Aug 30, 2001)

Go Girls Music

This band offers the listener a little soft rock to techno-rock music with good orchestral arrangements. The band has a musical style flashing back to the early 80's but with a 90's perspective. They end their record with a ska /reggae styled tune that they deliver with a nice musical punch. Hit Picks: "Hit Me like a Train" and "Wipe the Pages Clear"

Deborah Keith - Go Girls Music (2002)

West Memphis Three

The Chicago trio known as Signing Einsein has used the self-titled release to explore the length and breadth of adult-oriented, folk-influenced pop with some degree of success. The atmospheric istrumental miasma of the band fits nicely beneath Gina Gonzalez's breathy, enchanting vocals. Guest guitarist Dave Uhrich adds swirling leads with pinpoint accuracy while keyboardist Vincent Varco and bassist Joe Nuccio flesh out the sound with some nice rhythmic flourishes. Nuccio is a fair-to-middlin' lyricist, seemingly at his best when moving away from cliched love songs and into literate fare like the powerful "Edward Teach" or the mysterious "Voices". Like most self-produced bands there is a degree of self-indulgence in these tracks, but there is also a large amount of talent among the three Signing Einstein band members (and Uhrich). Signing Einstein creates intelligent music for grown-up listeners, with one foot in the ambiance of bands like Berlin or 10,000 Maniacs and the other firmly in the future. Signing Einstein is well worth keeping an eye on.

West Memphis Three (Nov, 2001)

Amplifier Magazine

Like Kate Bush, the Alan Parsons Project and Supertramp, Signing Einstein renders orchestral pop with progressive rock arrangements that incorporate elements of classical and jazz. Gina Gonzalez' sultry voice is couched in synthesizers and haunting backing vocals throughout the album, which is long on lyrical imagery and instrumental prowess. Drummer Randy Harrah along with keyboard wiz Vincent Varco and guitarist Abdul Hakim toss in elements of reggae and world beat, and Joe Nuccio's up-in-the-mix fretless bass adds a distinct harmonic texture. During his many lead breaks guitarist Dave Ulrich cops nearly every Dave Gilmore lick circa 1973, and the chord progressions on this disc veer dangerously close to a track (or two) from that dark-sided album with the prism on the cover. Prog-rock was always about compositions as opposed to songs and Signing Einstein makes a good case for the genre's return to respectability and commercial acceptance.

Tom Semioli - Amplifier Magazine (Dec, 2001)

Hit Session

There was a time when bands really cared about the quality of music they were creating.  Virtuoso musicians of the era were capable of playing anything they desired, and a new genre emerged among the metal and glam bands: progressive rock.

Yes, Genesis, and King Crimson lead the prog-rock pack, and in the late 70's bands like the Alan Parsons Group ruled the FM radio airwaves.  Chicago's Signing Einstein want nothing to do with today's punk or pop music market.  This three-piece outfit's new self-titled album is targeted directly at the adult-oriented rock market.

Featuring subtle vocals from Gina Gonzalez, Signing Einstein's music is very smooth while retaining a complex melodic structure.  Layered electronics, whispers, and harmonies are all expertly combined, but sometimes all of this texture removes too much of the edge and emotion.  Still, standout tracks such as the historically-themed opener, "Edward Teach," bear repeated listening ("Dressed in black, six pistols cross his chest").  Listening to the album with headphones, it's easy to hear the details hidden behind the guitars, bass, and drums.

"Hit Me Like a Train" features a light beat, tight guitars, and a clever bass line, but somehow manages to leave out any sense of urgency.  There's no way to compare songs like the mid-tempo rocker "Be That As It May" to anything released over the last 10 years.  Maybe this is a good thing - if you never found an appreciation for modern rock and prefer a more commercial sound.

Signing Einstein have the chops to record any sort of record they wish.  Next time around, they might consider shedding some of the production gloss and let themselves loose.

Doug Cornell - Hit Session (Oct, 2001)

CD Shakedown

2.5 stars 

Signing Einstein is a Chicago-based trio. With lead vocalist Gina Gonzales, Signing Einstein has a winning formula.

The core members of Einstein consist of Gina Gonzales, Joe Nuccio on bass guitar, and Vincent Varco on keyboards. Also appearing on the recording are Dave Uhrich and Abdul Hakim on guitars, and Randy Harrah on drums.

It takes awhile for Signing Einstein to gel, but track eight, "Love, the Same," has a spooky adult contemporary sound. And the concluding song, "Wipe the Pages Clean," is a definite keeper, with Gonzales' layered vocals and a bouncy beat.

Gonzales has an exciting voice - it's too bad the band doesn't let her cut loose on more tracks.

You've got to have a hook to get me into an album. And "Wipe the Pages Clean" brought me back again, even if it is the last track on the album.

CD Shakedown

AltarNative

Chicago's Signing Einstein exudes an essence of mystery with an airy blend of dark synth pop and rich vocals courtesy of Gina Gonzalez. It's a recipe that can conjure images of anything from Project Records artists like Love Spirals Downward to a Goth-gone Yanni. Songs like "Heart Beating" present gently laced piano swabs that come across like cloud feathers created with a paint brush, and Pink Floyd-inspired keyboard quirks. The country-fringed, ode-to-love "Be That as it May" could easily compete with, and perhaps beat, any AOR song on the charts. However, the band still has to pry itself from a formula that, albeit polished and pretty, at times lack the punch that turns good songs into great ones, such as the opening "Edward Teach" and "Hit me Like a Train." While the better songs are very good, the average songs are just that, which on its own makes them sink a little lower in a sea of gems.

Omar Perez - AltarNative (Oct, 2001)

Aiding & Abetting Magazine

Atmospheric prog. Sorta. The main players are on bass and keys, and those are the instruments that dominate. Gina Gonzalez's vocals add a nice, lush touch to the songs. Indeed, the sound here is so thick you could fall into it for days. I really hesitated calling this prog at all, because the song constructions are fairly basic. But the playing is rather intricate and I think that's what Signing Einstein was going for, anyways. It's an odd sound, the sort of grandiose operatic style that generally appeals to prog and hard rock fans. But Signing Einstein rarely gets particularly loud, though the guest lead guitars do shred now and again. The songs don't have big ups and downs, but mostly ebb and flow instead. And I suppose if I have a big complaint that's it. I want to hear less detachment and more intensity. These songs could have more power than they do without sacrificing any of the mood. Still, the feel here is good. There's plenty to like.

Jon Worley - Aiding & Abetting Magazine (Aug, 2001)

Splendid E-Zine

 

It may be that I’m not yet mature enough to appreciate "adult contemporary rock" of the variety that Signing Einstein performs. Gina Gonzalez, the lead vocalist, has a solid yet ethereal (perhaps from the effects?) voice, which blends nicely with the dreamy score. The band’s self-titled debut combines elements of Pink Floyd, ‘80s era Top 40 (think ‘Til Tuesday rather than Cyndi Lauper) and world beat. There are many pleasant moments on this disk, particularly the album opener, "Edward Teach", but what I feel is really missing here album is any sense of energy or boundary-pushing. The songs are solid and comfortable, but not seductive.

AZ - Splendid E-Zine (Oct 5, 2001)
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