Album Review: Big Talk's Debut Album Is a Fun but Forgettable Effort

Written by  Published in Album Reviews Tuesday, 19 July 2011 17:11


And so Ronnie Vannucci comes crashing into the rock music scene, proving his place as a solo artist and talented musician.  The Killers’ drummer and Jason-Lee-lookalike releases the self-titled, debut album from his solo group, Big Talk, comprised of Vannucci on vocals, guitar, drums, bass, and keyboard and Taylor Milne on lead guitar and back-up vocals.

As a whole, Big Talk is a fun, energetic album distinguished by a clear rock feel with a breath of country influences and a catchy, danceable, electro-pop whisper.  If you wanted to define it by comparison, it has the playfulness and the quick pacing of, say, Eagles of Death Metal and the bluesy-ness of The Black Keys (with a little less bass definition).  At times, it has the alt-y growl of The Foo Fighters, the classic rock sound of something Tom Petty or Springsteen influenced, and the youthful pop-rock appeal of Neon Trees.


Ronnie Vannucci’s solo album is a much more solid effort than Killers frontman Brandon Flowers’, but , in all honesty, is not very groundbreaking.  The generic rock riffs aren’t complemented by remarkable vocals or radical combinations of sounds, and the synth background is hardly detectable (though a fun touch when it is)—most likely to avoid sounding like The Killers.  That said, the album is fun, listenable, upbeat, and enjoyable--a good, easy group listen that will satisfy a mixture of musical preferences.  It will have my attention for an ample amount of time, it just won’t necessarily influence the way I listen and view music.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 July 2011 21:15
Claire Gallagher

Claire Gallagher is from Las Vegas, Nevada.  She grew up under blinking signs for Girls, Girls, Girls! and she hummed to the clanky sounds of slot machines in casinos and grocery stores and airports.   She now attends school at UCLA and is becoming very intimately acquainted with the kick-ass music scene Los Angeles so sweetly provides. When Claire is not on the back of a horse or playing with her pet snake, Skittles, she is listening to music, eating orange chicken, or spinning around in her rolly chair.  She is fond of tyrannosaurus rexes, John Steinbeck, and the fleeting feeling of post-concert deafness.  You can check her out on tumblr as well.

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