CD REVIEW: Lannie Flowers - New Songs Old Stories
By: Cyrus Rhodes
Artist: Lannie Flowes
Album: New Songs Old Stories
Aaron Ave Records
Genre: Alternative Rock, Classic Pop, Rock
Sounds Like: Tom Petty, Todd Rundgren, Brandon Flowers, The Beatles, Jackson Browne
Weakness: More Solos, Short Sided CD, Cover Art Concept
Lannie Flowers is a Singer/Songwriter that hails from the Dallas Texas area. His latest release New Songs Old Stories was released in 2012 and is a culmination of favorite tracks voted by his fans. Flowers is no stranger to the Music Business. Lannie Flowers groomed his pop sensibilities as front man and leader of the Dallas-Ft. Worth based band The Pengwins from the late 70’s through the 80’s. Since the bands demise, Lannie has established a strong reputation in the DFW area as a talented songwriter and producer. Through the years of habitual late night jams, listening parties of the great pop bands of the day and working with award winning producers such as Rick Derringer and Jim Dickinson, Lannie honed his song writing and producing skills.
The CD kicks things off with “Another Weekend" a rocking intro piece that serves up driving rock rhythm, against infectious groove and heartfelt vocals from Flowers. Track 2 “Come on Girl" is an impressive follow-up piece delivers a more in your face rock grove with its mesmerizing melody and thought provoking lyrical content that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “I Didn't Know" shifts gears a bit with its melodic guitar intro, impressive vocal harmonies against a grand slam chorus. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Tom Petty, Todd Rungren, Brandon Flowers, Jackson Browne, The Beatles and even Counting Crows. The music has everything you would expect from a high-energy Alternative Rock release. Besides the standard 4 piece delivery you will also notice impressive vocal harmonies, piano, keyboards, well placed percussion, melodic guitar ambience all built upon a thick as a solid rhythmic foundation. The musical style is pretty straight forward but offers a wide range of musical depth with elements of Alternative Rock, Pop, and even a splash of Classic Rock. Flowers vocal style works extremely well with this confines of this 9 song catalogue. He takes many vocal risks throughout indicating to me a strong and confident vocal ability. The rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick, and the vocal harmonies are to die for. What I like most about the music is the very consistent songwriting. Like a heavy weight boxer the strong song line-up keeps coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. From hooky "Give me a Change" to melodic "You, Yeah You" and "Another Boy Like Me" to rock steady "You Said" to rocking Tired of Being Alone" this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 9 “Give Me Another Chance" the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I normally dedicate this paragraph to any weaknesses found. As you can see I have nothing major to report. I will however say I do wish I heard more ripping solos throughout. Ironically enough the CD is a bit short (especially for a compilation) with it's 9 song line-up. Perhaps it needs 3-4 more tracks to make it a grand slam barn burner of a release. CD cover art misses the mark for me and is lacking in creativity and overall concept. There is no copy write/release date on the flipside of the CD - pretty unorthodox, however there is one on the actual CD.
This latest CD from Lannie Flowers New Songs Old Stories is a solid and consistent musical statement from start to finish. Its strength – the consistent song for song line-up that keeps coming at you. I will go on record to say there’s not a weak piece on this entire catalogue. No doubt Flowers is a veteran songwriter. performer, and infectious musical personality. No wonder he's so popular in the DFW area and beyond.