CD REVIEW: Lannie Flowers - Live in NYC
by: Cyrus Rhodes
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Lannie Flowers
CD: Live in NYC
Purchase Link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lannieflowers6
Genre: Melodic Rock, Classic Rock n' Roll, Americana, Classic Rock, R&B, Jam Band
Sounds Like: Tom Petty, Todd Rundgren, Big Star. Jackson Browne, Cheap Trick, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Grass Roots, The Wallflowers
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Lannie Flowers is quickly becoming a new leader in modern Power Pop/Indie music. After a successful tour of England, which included the legendary Cavern Club, in Liverpool, Flowers returned to the U.S. with his sights now on the Indie/Pop market in the United States. (U.S. tour dates will include: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, Dallas, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and other major U.S. cities). Speaking of playing live - his latest live release in entitled “Live in NYC”. Due to timing this show was recording in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Citing from his bio” if Lannie and his band could brighten just one New Yorker’s day after that soul crushing experience it would be worth it. After 23 years of the LA Music Awards history, Lannie Flowers became the FIRST artist to ever win FOUR prestigious awards in Hollywood at the famous Avalon Theater on November 14.
Live band line up: Lannie Flowers (Guitar, Vocals), Alan Davis (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals), Rodney Bollinger (Guitar, Vocals), Rodney Schnell (Bass, Vocal), Brandon Bumpass (Drums, Vocals) .
The CD kicks things off with “I Didn’t Know” an upbeat intro piece that serves up classic Americana-Rock vibe with slamming rhythm guitar, driving rhythm, rich harmonies and infectious vocal melody from Flowers and company. Track 2 “Give me a Chance” keeps it rocking with its rock steady groove, warm and melodic musical overtone that showcase Flowers as a premier live performer. Track 3 keeps things moving with “Around the World” an impressive melody with slamming guitar served up hot against impassioned vocal feel from Flowers that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. This CD makes a solid first impression dishing out 3 solid tracks in arrow. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts like Tom Petty, Todd Rundgren, Big Star. Jackson Browne, Cheap Trick, The Wallflowers, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Grass Roots and Marshall Crenshaw. The music itself is an amazing blend of classic rock, Slamming R&B, Rocking Blues and a dies of rocking pop popular in the 70 and 80.s. I would not classify this music as power pop, its more melodic rock. Make no bones about it, Flowers brings some impressive talents to the table. He’s a great guitarist, singer/songwriter and has a very appealing baritone. His voice goes down smooth and his deep rich vocal delivery. He mostly reminds me of Tom Petty. You will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, from impressive solo guitar licks, well placed harmonies, keyboards, impressive slide guitar, sporadic percussion and thick as a brick rhythm section. But the most impressive thing about this CD is the amazing wit, songwriting prowess and infectious charm from Flowers. All musical touches are brilliant and extremely melodic, the drummer pushes the natural accents perfectly and the silky rhythm section clearly gives this production a solid backbone. All songs are extremely well crafted and consistent across the board. "Lannie Flowers Live in NYC” delivers 14 classic tracks all providing deep, thought provoking wisdom with messages that are uplifting and extremely positive. All engineering aspects check out. CD possesses thick low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The amazing lyrics to some of these songs truly personify the "love" human condition – mostly carefree subject matter that is highly entertaining. At the end of the day Flowers and his music work extremely well in this live setting songs for song and track to track. It almost sounds as if he is overqualified fore this lackluster audience. Sound quality extremely good for a live CD, this is tight live band. I especially like the extended play Jam band format of Track "I Don't Know." From grooving Favorite Song’ to thought provoking “Where Does Love Go” to melodic “Come on Girl” and "Rusty Circles" to heavy-handed “All Dressed Up” to catchy "Another Weekend" to slam dunk "I Don't Know" this live CD has something for just about everyone. Flowers even does a classic cover song “Back of a Car” by Big Star. The CD ends with “Turn up Your Radio" the perfect finale statement for a live CD of this caliber.
Live recordings are amazing because they capture the full tilt energy and spontaneity of a live setting. There have been some classic live records released over the years because of this very reason. The song that best captures the slam dunk live feel best is "I Don't Know." Like I ha d mentioned - it almost feels as if Flowers is overqualified for this rather lackluster audience.
From start to finish Live in NYC by Lannie Flowers pulls out all the stops and is a barn burner of a release. The music is consistent, uplifting, and extremely entertaining. More importantly it captures everything you would want from a vintage live performance, Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalog. The writing and playing abilities of Lannie Flowers and his band is rock solid. The lyrics are catchy, the melodies are well crafted and hooky and the musical charisma of Lannie Flowers is of rock legend. It’s no wonder Lannie Flowers is as popular as he is down south. .
Cyrus Rhodes Rhodes