Here is an artist that has been around a long time creating music, but here in 2008 is the first time I have heard of him - and you will be very, very happy Not Lame has tripped across Lannie Flowers because he has a voice similar to Nick Lowe and the melodic and hooky charms of Squeeze and Badfinger but he really splatters all kinds of pop reference points just makes it all sound fresh as mid-spring fruit. Before we get to the background and story of "Same Old Story" here is where I exhort and encourage you to simply stop reading and start hitting the buttons below and just listen. It is where the rubber of your ear, hits the road, potentially, of your pocketbook and decide to make a very, very smart choice addition to your music collection.
"You need to hear the entire album continuously for the full effect, you`ll hear references to great power pop- an example "Another Weekend/Tired Of Being Alone" you`ll hear echos of The Raspberries or 20/20. "Give Me A Chance" has a CheapTrick/Boston vibe. But because each song is so short the music doesn`t stay with each influence for long. I haven`t heard this good a long continuous musical concept since Jethro Tull`s unabridged "Thick as A Brick" or Pink Floyd`s "The Wall"- and that`s a really long time ago. Overall, this is a stunning album made for lovers of musical melody with ADD. The story of these songs follow a relationship from beginning to end and my only nitpick here is that some sections are so good, I would want to hear full three minute songs of them ("Turn Off The Night") instead of 30 seconds. The musicianship is gorgeous, from the handsome guitar riffs to the many vocal styles Flowers uses to convey the story. Be the first on your block to show this album off to your friends -- it`s an instant power pop singles collection!" - Power Pop Acholic.
Lannie Flowers groomed his pop sensibilities as front man and leader of the Dallas-Ft. Worth based band The Pengwins from the late 70s through the 80s. 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. When faced with the daunting task of finding a permanent storage facility for all those hundreds of old demos and half finished songs in his studio in Kennedale TX, Lannie decided to create the ultimate homage to those old tapes and his music. 36 individual melodies or one all inclusive melody, It is up to your interpretation. Same Old Story is a 45 minute pop music collage. From the first glance, through all the struggles of young love, to the inevitable end, Lannies` delivery is a refreshingly new twist on that but where the music lands in between your ears is what matters - matter it does. EXTREMELY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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