ARTIST - LANNIE FLOWERS
CD - LIVE IN NYC
CD - LIVE IN NYC
Genre: Blues, Rock, Soul, Americana
Sounds Like: Squeeze, Beatles, Shoes, The Modern Lovers, Guided by Voices and T-Bone Burnett
The Good: Live Vibe, Songwriting, Vocal Feel and Overall Production Value
The Bad: Song titles?
The Ugly: Nothing to report
The Band: 5 out of 5
The Music:4 out of 5
The Songs:4 out of 5
The Vibe: 5 out of 5
The Production: 5 out of 5
The Verdict: 4 out of 5
The Review Texas based Lannie Flowers just released his latest work entitled “Live in NYC” And as you probably guessed this is a live album. Lannie Flowers comprise a virtual all-star cast of players fronted by Flowers. This recording captured at The Trashbar in NY this year serves up 14 extremely high energy, emotionally charged performances. Many tracks on “Live In NYC” are emotional and invigorating but with just the right amount of American Spirit, Soul and wisdom to keep a balance. The combination of Flowers voice and the amazing arsenal of players in this band present a strong format that even borders on Americana-Blues-Rock. In this aspect Flowers and company are becoming somewhat of a musical force of late. Flowers has just been nominated for 3 music awards at the prestigious 23rd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards Nominee and Press Event which was held in June at the world famous Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, ahead of the final awards night being held November 14th at the plush Avalon in Hollywood. Flowers, who is represented by SoundCheck International Artist Management and SpyderPop Records in Texas, is a veteran artist that in his earlier years was wooed by record labels such as Columbia Records and Polygram Records. Continuing his successes he has been nominated for ‘Record of the Year’, ‘Male Pop Artist of the Year’ and ‘Social Media Artist of the Year’ at this year’s music awards. Far from being background music the listener is gently invited to truly listen and feel the life-blood pulsating from behind the microphone on tracks like “I Didn’t Know”, “Come on Girl’ and “Another Weekend” These songs provide the a-typical Rock persuasion, tenacious guitar, hot to the touch harmonies via a “live feel” production value. Some moments hit the heart “Where Does Love Go” and “All Dressed Up” - many tracks to me are emotionally multi-layered “Favorite Song” and “Think it Over” other are nothing short of explosive “Turn up Your Radio” and “I Don’t Know”. All tracks literally open a window to their soul and personality and shows a “shot from the hip” personal side of Flowers. In the end “Live from NYC” by Lannie Flowers makes a great impression and adds a colorful tapestry to his growing and rich style of music that need never be forgotten. Influences I suspect are: Squeeze, Beatles, Shoes, The Modern Lovers, Guided by Voices and T-Bone Burnett. The music of Lannie Flowers mostly plays out like most Rock bands from the 70’s and 80’s. Yes - there’s a whole lot of rocking going here. But let me go on record by saying this album is definitely one of my favorite live CD’s I’ve heard in recent memory. The songs definitely dance from one tempo and style to the next. Unlike most artists of this ilk, Flowers takes the high road to get his message heard. I Read he played this gig despite the bad timing of Hurricane Sandy and even paid out of pocket to make it all happen. I am impressed by that. This album never once feels like he’s forced upon you either like many stupid pop rock artists of the past 20 years. Instead he sucks you in with every spin.
The Bad: There's a song titled "I Don't Know" and another titled "I Didn't know." Really?
The Ugly: Nothing to report.
The Bottom Line: It seems in the end not a song is to be taken too lightly on ‘Live In NYC" because it’s all about passion and full till blues/rock. “Live In NYC” is full octane powerful, all the while perhaps maintaining a healthy sense of optimism about oneself not only in the here and now, but what lies ahead tomorrow. But it’s all about the roll of the dice sometimes. All of the above and more “Live In NYC” extols all that is special about life, straight from the heart of an American rock-band. Need I say more?
Douglas Hill edited by Markus Druery
Indieshark Music Critic