While its tempting to dismiss the musical ramblings of William Shatner as mere novelty, as with the self-deprecating man himself, the true nature of Shatners recordings is darker, more complex. While its hard to take his Captain Kirk-era album THE TRANSFORMED MAN, with all its pompous poetry and oddball psychedelics, too seriously, his 21st Century work with Ben Folds proved surprisingly gripping, even insightful. Shatners later work earnestly explores the fears, disappointments, shattered hopes, and outright failures of a one-time golden boy of theater facing down his twilight years, accepting his role as one of Americas most beloved jesters.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.