For a couple of years, some of my friends and I have been sharing music. We’re supposed to review/rate what gets shared with us then share those reviews with the group, but that doesn’t always happen.
Dave Chisholm – Instrumental (2017)
Tim found this at Salt Lake Comic Con this year. This is the soundtrack to Dave Chisholm’s second graphic novel (he has a music background, and teaches at a conservatory in New York, so he has the musical ability as well as artistic storytelling), and each track is a chapter in the book. It’s about a guy with a trumpet that plays the most amazing music, but when he does someone dies. I’ve heard Scott Pilgrim and Jem and the Holograms are some of the best comics about music, so I’d love to see how this comic compares to those. You can check out all of Dave’s stuff at his website.
It’s obvious this guy is talented. Each track is good, and there’s good continuity between songs. My only problem is the same problem I have with a lot of modern jazz – it seems to be musician’s music; overly complicated and almost psychedelic in its textures. A few of them felt that way to me, but Paranoia stood out as the only one that worked with it and grew on me. I really liked Celebration. It was probably the only tune I immediately wanted to go back and listen to. Best of Luck was pretty good, too. 3/5
From my friends:
“I really liked this. Just the idea is pretty cool, and the talent to write, illustrate, score and perform one piece of work is astounding. Add to that the music was pretty cool, its a win. I’m going for the big 5/5.” – Spencer
Traveling Wilburys – Volume 1 (1988)
Tom Petty died this week. I already shared Full Moon Fever, which is one of my favorite albums, so I thought I’d share one of my other favorite Petty-related projects.
The Traveling Wilburys is Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison of The Beatles, Jeff Lynne from ELO, Roy Orbison (all with “XXX Wilbury” pseudonyms) and a session drummer (with the nom de scène “Buster Sidebury”). Their music is least like Jeff’s other stuff, but if you liked the solo records from the other four, you’ll like this. It’s jangly pop rock with a subtle hint of Americana folk thrown in. These are musician friends who were jamming together and decided to do something with it. You can tell they aren’t overthinking it or taking themselves too seriously.
Here’s what my friends had to say:
“This was kind of fun to listen to, a bit like its kind of fun to go to a party where you don’t know anybody and you mostly watch other people enjoying themselves. Well, its not that bad, but you can tell they’re having fun, which is great, but at the same time it doesn’t appear like a really polished project. I feel like its pretty obvious Bob is the most lyrically prolific, since it seemed he vocalized most of the tunes. I did really like hearing Roy in there, just because he has such a distinctive voice and I just don’t listen to that much of his stuff, so it seems a nice diversion. Congratulations was probably my favourite track, it just seemed really different from the other tacks and had an interesting groove. Really, as I’m going back over these, its hard to find much that wasn’t solid. I didn’t really like Dirty World. But I think its just that not a lot really stood out, but really it was quite an enjoyable album, so while I was thinking at the end of last week that I’d give it a mid 3, I’m going to give it at least 3.9/5″ – Spencer
“This is a pretty fun and casual album. I’ve always thought it was pretty cool how Tom Petty aligned with some real giants of the industry to create a band. With all their star power you would think they would have been bigger, but I think they were more in it for the music than the success.
This album is a pretty good and solid album, bit it isn’t a great album. It feels more like friends just recording than trying to come up with a cohesive album. That being said, the songs and technical performance is outstanding, just not as an album.
I’m a big fan of Roy Orbison, so not surprising, all his songs were my favorites. Tom has a very distinctive sound both vocally and in his guitar work. It isn’t a surprise to me that he became such an influence on modern music.” 3/5 – Tim
Feel free to leave your own thoughts down in the comments section.