You shouldn’t expect another hard rock album from Ian Gillan, 40 years into his career into the music business, However, having spent at least 54 out of his 63 exposed in an absolutely musical environment, starting from his family, to the bands he sang for, big or small, the singer releases another solo album, this time paying tribute to his influences, out of the Deep Purple prism.
Actually, that’s what the title is all about. It’s when you are focused on something, but your mind can’t help traveling somewhere else. Just like when you are at work, and you think about the weekend, or just like a child in class, who thinks about recess.
The album is characterized as ‘personal’, meaning a total free, and wide artistic expression breaking the boundaries of the artists’ identity. If we should look for something musically relevant to Gillan’s past, then we’re talking about “Naked Thunder” (1990), and his cooperation with Roger Glover in 1988, and the “Accidentally On Purpose” album. It’s definitely much better than his last one, “Dreamcatcher” (1997), and that’s probably because of the presence of real musicians, instead of drum machines, and loops. Surely, Michael Lee Jackson, and Steve Morris on guitars, Rodney Appleby on bass, Howard Wilson on drums, Joe Mennonna on the saxophones, Lance Anderson on the Hammond organ, and Jesse O'Brien on keyboards –more or less the same group of musicians that played on “Live In Anaheim”- gives the album a breath of life, and make Gillan’s journey through funk, blues, soul, and of course rock’n’roll very interesting.
So, if you are expecting a new “Toolbox”, or “Mr.Universe”, you better avoid it, but if you have your own “Morocco”, then you will admire, and sympathize this move by the great Ian Gillan…