An album recorded live versus a studio album: which one is better? That’s surely a question where honestly the answer might be an absolute “it depends.” On what exactly? The band, the production, and so on.
In the case of Unvarnished Live by the four Baltimore veterans Dropping Sully, it all kicks off with “Life On The Road,” where the band’s style will pretty much be established. On this occasion, we can hear some of The Who, wild guitars with some melodic vocals, and great bass lines and drums.
“Rich Man’s Penny” has some sort of dramatic, type of ballad vibe that will hook you up in just seconds. In “Laudanum,” we can hear some Lenny Kravitz, Deep Purple, and CREAM influences. There’s definitely an old vibe in both the production and the audience in the vocals that takes you back to the old days. Almost the same thing can be appreciated in “5 or 5000 Miles” and “Messalina.”
“Little Aliens” closes this record in such a special way. The bass line and guitar play around… that’s until the countdown begins, then awesomeness gets started. It’s everything we’ve been hearing mixed up with some Incubus and Placebo, and the vocals, as always, shine on. If you haven’t fallen in love, if you aren’t yet convinced of the greatness of these folks, then this last track will convince you in an instant.
In conclusion, for these and so many more elements added throughout the record, this is by far the catchiest, most interesting unsigned live record I ever heard.[Rating:4.7/5]
by RJ Frometa
Edited by Marion Lougheed