Paul Bibbins is a guitarist/songwriter and independent musician from Dallas, Texas. The artist recently released a triple album entitled The Last Perfect Performance. I think most people will recognize a pretty direct influence when they listen to Bibbins’ songs.
There’s unequivocally some striking similarities to Jimi Hendrix. The similarities sort of run across a number of different domains. I heard it in the vocals, the lead guitar playing and also the production. There are even similarities on the album cover. You should notice the guitar is upside down with the tuning knobs facing the floor. This is also something Hendrix did because he was left-handed.
On that note Bibbins interjects his own personal style on the songs. There are a whopping twenty-seven songs on this album. I’m obviously not going to go into detail on every song but I did think there were some highlights.
“Come and Go Babe” is a great song with fuzzy, swirling lead guitar, kinetic drums and memorable vocal melodies. There’s a mix of psychedelic rock and blues. Bibbins shreds quite often on this song. His lead guitar skills are dynamic and sharp.
Another standout song was the title track “Last Perfect Performance” which features some interesting juxtaposition between the guitar work, drums and vocals. There’s a unique playing style on the guitar which is like a mix between rhythm and lead. The vocals are sort of a mix between spoken word and singing. I would say the song felt loose and almost improvised.
“Stone Cold Monday” sounds like a mix between Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Although if you know a bit of rock history you will know how intertwined these artists are. Most of the songs probably average around five minutes in length but there are some epic songs as well that are closer to ten minutes.
One of the most original and longest songs was “'Til the 6th of Saturn” which contains some exceptional lead guitar work. Bibbins attempts and pulls off different styles and patterns. “Eagle's World Blues” is a little over ten minutes long but I also recommend taking this journey.
This is a sprawling album. It’s pretty incredible the consistency that he was able to create, from the fidelity to the songwriting. I think it goes without saying that Hendrix fans will love this but also more generally fans of psychedelic and classic rock as well. Take a listen.
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