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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