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NDV - Karma ©2001 InsideOut Music
1. The River Is Wide
2. Dream In Red
3. Forgiven
4. Karma
5. The Game
6. The Water Edge
7. Come What May
8. Untitled
9. Will It Be Me
10. Anything
11. Paying The Price

Drummer Nick D'Virgilio is one of those musicians who has an interesting and very lengthy resume that finds the man performing as the drummer for Spock's Beard as well as a session drummer for the likes of Genesis (on Calling All Stations, so that isn't necessary something one would want to highlight in yellow markers on a resume). After years of playing for other people, D'Virgilio has stepped out on his own for this solo release under the moniker NDV. D'Virgilio sings, drums and plays guitar on the album, as well as obviously writing the songs so the entire burden of responsiblity for this album falls squarely on his shoulders. As a result, the fact this album is dry and uninteresting after a few listens is entirely his fault.

On first listen, Karma seems as though it might have some substance to it but at the end of the record, you will realize it's just a basic rock record with good playing and unenthusiastic material to perform. The songs are lightweight and some of them sound like something Bon Jovi might have rejected or very light Marillion circa 1990 (D'Virgilio sometimes reminds me of Steve Hogarth). As with many releases by stellar musicians, the performance itself is solid, but it doesn't do much good if the songwriting is mediocre. With the exception of a couple songs that feature some tribalistic drumming, most of the songs sound as though they'd be at home on some lite rock station that large, cubicle infested office complexes seem to enjoy playing. As hard as I try, I cannot sit through this album without rushing to my CD racks to find something else to play.

Karma is neither musically challenging nor intriguing enough to warrant many listens. D'Virgilio is certainly a talented man, but it would seem his best bet is to stick working with others.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 03/2002

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