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Big Talk: Album Review

Big Talk’s self-titled release is the debut album of the Killers’ drummer Ronnie Vannucci. He steps out from behind the drums and takes the reins on creating an upbeat rock album; joining him on this album is former Killers’ member Taylor Milne.

As frontman, Vannucci sings lead vocals, plays guitar, drums, bass and keys. Milne is on lead guitar and backing vocals. It has a bit of that signature Killers sound, but it also goes beyond that. Big Talk melds their rock ’n’ roll sound with elements of electro, a little indie pop, a hint of Southern blues rock and a pinch of country.

The album, produced by the Strokes and My Morning Jacket vet Joe Chicarelli, is 12 tracks of sparkling electric sound that comes together with catchy lyrics, tight rock melodies and an instrumental cohesion that provides a solid debut album for Big Talk.

With this release, Vannucci proves that he can “talk the talk.” It’s always interesting to see a member of a band such as a drummer step out of what would normally be his comfort zone. What actually occurred though is Vannucci has proved that, as a frontman, he can hold his own and isn’t outside of his comfort zone.

The first track on the album “Katzenjammer,” German for “cat’s wail,” comes in with a burst of energy and swirling electric sound that segues into an arena-rock anthem, with swirling guitars that bring out the edge of that intrinsic Killers sound — but Vannucci puts his own spin on it.

The second track, “Getaways,” was the band’s debut single and was released in May. The song travels in waves of synth-pop-rock sound. It has a chorus that goes “Hey! You say you want out. You say you want everything. Take it while you can, and then you run away.” This is the track that will get lodged in your brain.

Two other tracks that stand out are “No Whiskey” and “A Fine Time To Need Me.”

“No Whiskey” is a stripped down acoustic song that has a rolling jaunt to it, with a subtle Neil Young-esque sound. On “A Fine Time To Need Me” the drums come in and are met by rambling guitars reminiscent of Tom Petty, with a rock ’n’ roll groove and feel. Both tracks really shine a spotlight on Vannucci’s talent.

Overall, the album is streamlined with a sparkling creativity and an energetic pace of electrifying rock musicianship. Big Talk is a rockin’ album that hits the notes in all the right places.


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