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Ian Billen
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We Celebrated 'White Buffalo Woman's' Album Completion at Ampreon Recorder (Recording Studio in Youngstown, Ohio) ... >> Release Set for Early 2018
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My Recent, Candid Review of The Foo Fighter's Latest Album Concrete and Gold

Collaborations and plenty of session musicians which include Justin Timberlake (believe it or not), Boyz II Men S. Stockholm and even Paul McCartney who guests on drums during one track help to make Concrete and Gold an adventurous Foo Fighters experimental .. that’s recipeid’ with thrash metal, parts of their occasionally familiar Funk Rock and now some Beatle-esk songwriting (coupled with psychedelic song segments).
Credit is given to The Foo Fighters for trying <not> to sound 100% typical of themselves and in consciously <not> making yet just another usual Foo Fighter’s album. Another part that is credible is that the album never comes to be lame in any regard. Much respect considering. *Thankfully, Dave Grohl tossed out his initial idea of actually recording the album at The Hollywood Bowl live on stage in front of 20,000 people (uhhhhh...? = No)

The albums two cited downfalls are that are that it crosses the line for being something ‘tasteful’ while attempting something unlike past recordings in a couple songs (mostly concerning Dave Grohls screeching vocals). In addition, while there are several strong tracks there is not one winner convincing single on board... If it were not for these two palatable matters .. we would have an <all around> truly strong album on our hands.

Not to mislead ..Concrete and Gold is not to be considered failure of any sort and the record does take chances w/o sounding overtly silly in approaching 90% of it. Sonically it’s heavy, harmonic, and selectively interlaced with acoustic guitar, a hard rock recording that also integrates stringed based psychedelia.

While this is nothing ‘killer’ it ..is.. at the same time better than anticipated. The songwriting can be divergent and the production is to some extent audacious on certain tracks. With that noted, nothing is far from being basically ‘adequate’ in those favors. This record won’t amaze anyone (let’s hope) but it will carry the Foo Fighters afloat in 2017/18. Overall this particular album achieves purpose by being something not entirely familiar from the band.

Though I’ve been critical of Dave Grohl for his purposeful Hollywood type exposures I must call the current Foo Fighters album as it is .... something that is worth investigating largely due to its exploration …. even worth purchase.

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Ian Billen

Standout Tracks : 'T-Shirt', 'Sunday Rain', 'Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)'

Recorded: EastWest Studios, Hollywood California
>> December 2016 – May 2017
- Produced By: Gerg Kurstin
- Engineered by: Darrel Thorp
- Mixing Engineer: Darrel Thorp
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The Demos Papadimas Band's Latest Video. Was Shot At The Studio... Ampreon Recorder ... Pretty Loose & Relaxed Night There - (but a fun time)
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The Demos Papadimas Band's Latest Video. Was Shot At The Studio... Ampreon Recorder ... Pretty Loose & Relaxed Night There - (but a fun time)
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Songs that stick in your head... Well this is certainly one of them. Give a listen (and a 'like' / share) if you agree..
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Seriously loving Blue Light High, by Fly Jay. Of the best Hip Hop releases I've heard in over half of a decade. If you are looking for something slightly different within the Hip Hop genre this one is worth it. I have given it a small review (and introduction) to get you up to speed before 'immersing' yourself.
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I realize it is a bit overdue .. Here is my personal pick as 2014's Album of The Year. I left this particular article's public commentary portion open ... so feel free to add your insight at the article's end.
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Medusa Recording Institute is a new, 16,000 Sq. Ft. full-scale audio recording and music production school that is located in Youngstown, Ohio. Give them a follow on Twitter @medusarecording Nice to be involved in something that is in a sense, rare to the community at this level: http://twitter.com/medusarecording
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