Glenn Frey vs. Nils Lofgren

Today let me get back on those CD’s that my wife bought for me at a yard sale.  You know the yard sale where she found me roughly 30 CD’s for five dollars.

The other day I pull out the Glenn Fry CD “Strange Weather”.

I really enjoyed this one.  I liked the overall sound, the production and the song writing.

I’m always a bit surprised with myself when I like an album that has a lot of programmed drums.  I think every song on the album except the last is programmed drums.

Obviously Glenn Frey is someone who knows his way around all the elements involved in making a quality album.  He’s just another example of an artist who understands and knows how to use the studio as an instrument.

Now the other day before I listened to this Glenn Fery album I listened to a Nils Lofgren album that was among this pile of CD’s.  It was a “Best of” type album.

I really didn’t care much for this album.

I didn’t care for the sound.  I didn’t care for his voice.  I didn’t care for his song writing.

I thought the guitar playing was OK.

All of this is my personal taste but I would best describe his music as cluttered.

His guitar licks were stepping on vocals and the drums were too busy.

I really never was a fan of Nils Lofgren and that maybe due to a lack of exposure to his music.  But this “Best Of” album really didn’t help his cause with me.

Nils Lofgren was a name I heard in the past on several occasion.  After being disappointed by this CD I decided to at least do a little bit of research on his works.  I discovered that he had played with some pretty significant artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

But as a solo artist I just did like him.

So why did I like Glenn Frey?  Why did his album connect with me from the first listen?

I think because he has an understanding of what works.  He knows what is pleasing to the listener.  He understands well crafted simplicity.

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