Chilly Gonzales   Ivory Tower
Release Date: 2010

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3.5 great-1up!- | February 12th 11

Gonzales is a skilled pianist. While he remains clearly pop-minded throughout Ivory Tower,
the thread that holds together these songs into a somewhat cohesive album is the jumpy,
pulsating piano play of the artist formerly known as Jason Beck - now officially renamed
Chilly Gonzales. It is what adequately strings together an otherwise inconsistent back-and-
forth between electro-pop gems and introspective monologues. Gonzales, when he takes up the
mic, is known for acting out a cheap and humoristic persona, a falsely naive hip-hop parody
of sorts. Whether it blends well into the album, that is a matter of taste, and I haven't
quite well responded to it - but then again! It's an acquired taste, give it time. Still, on
the whole, Ivory Tower is a jumpy, bouncy, bright moment of electro-pop, and the album
redeems its weak moments with songs you and your most hipster friends won't resist dancing
to. Recommended tracks: I Am Europe, Smothered Mate, Never Stop, Pixel Paxil, You Can Dance.

2 Bumps | Bump

2.5 averageSalteyBacon | September 6th 13

Trying to bring piano skills into mainstream is always a challenge, and this has a few gems but almost to not be taken seriously... Which doesn't work.


4.0 excellentsevhar | August 1st 17
2.5 averageDoofusWainwright CONTRIBUTOR | December 16th 16
3.5 greatmikemiller745 | July 19th 15
3.0 goodtruekebabpower | April 3rd 15
3.0 goodimnomusician | October 13th 14
3.0 goodabimnnopt | May 3rd 14
3.0 goodthejared | April 30th 13
4.0 excellentTegehe | March 19th 12

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