From page 79 of Classic Rock Magazine October 2001
(Inside Out Music 085-41682)
Albums by drummers usually have me lurching towards my hi-fi's plug socket as the tub thumpers indulge themselves in yet another disjointed workout, trying desperately to look as though they're enjoying themselves. One listen to 'Karma', however, dispelled any of my initial fears.
Best known as the driving force behind Spock's Beard, Nick D'Virgilio exhibits his multi-instrumental talents, also delivering a selection of assertive vocal performances. He's one of few drummers around today who possess a characteristic sound, using this attribute to great effect throughout the album.
There's an unmistakably progressive feel throughout large sections of 'Karma', no doubt keeping Beard fans happy. However, the most interesting moments on the CD are when Nick flirts with world music, giving the record an ethnic, almost organic mood in places.
For a debut release this is a confident, melodic and ultimately far-reaching record, doing much to dispel the age-old drummer cliché. Perhaps we can look forward to an album filled with finely crafted pop tunes from Geezer Butler in the forthcoming months.
***** Keith Whitham