Bill Colgate,
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
(self-produced, 1996)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth, by Toronto singer Bill Colgate, is an album of triumph for an amazing artist that was born deaf in his right ear. Colgate's debut album is a collection of 11 songs that combine roots rock with the sound of a bar band. His music also has roots in jazz, gospel and R+B.

My favorite track is "Let it Be There" because this is an upbeat, somewhat biographical song about hope and never forgetting where one has come from. Another favorite is the lead track "I Got the Rhythm," which effortlessly demonstrates Colgate's lyrical prowess in addition to his musical ability. Furthermore, both tracks demonstrate the influences of the above-mentioned musical styles on Colgate's own musical creations.

All in all, Colgate's strong voice, his powerful lyrics and his musical style make When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth a wonderful album to listen to over and over again. This is truly a debut album that one can enjoy.

[ by Melissa Kowalewski ]
Rambles: 21 September 2002