Artist: Glenn Proudfoot
Album: Fire & Rain
Review by Nicole Roberts
Australian guitar virtuoso Glenn Proudfoot has earned himself a reputation in the international guitar world as an impressive and talented musician, and it's not hard to see why with his new album, Fire & Rain. Recorded in Melbourne and Prague from 2016 to early 2017, the album is a collection of finely tuned, compelling rock songs which really showcase his abilities as both a songwriter and a musician.
One of the many things making the album stand out is how highly produced and sonically clean the entire album is. While grittiness and a certain rough quality is very much the norm in the great rock releases over the years, Fire & Rain definitely doesn't sound rough or raw - and for what they've aimed to achieve with the album, it's very much a good thing. The crisp tightness of the production and sound quality works well to really allow the complexity and intricacy of his guitar work to shine through, really showing off his impeccable playing style and highly tuned technique.
The album altogether is a veritable mixed bag of inspirations and moods. Moving happily from stadium rock anthems to moody ballads, radio rock to moments that verge on the alternative rock side, every track is something new and exciting, while still managing to fit together to create the nice bigger picture that is Fire & Rain.
Glenn Proudfoot has created an immense piece of art here, and the amount of time, effort, and heart that has gone into creating this album is evident. From start to finish, the album is a quality listen, with his impressive skills as a songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist on show at every turn. If you're a fan of rock music, this is certainly one to check out.
7 out of 10.
Fire & Rain is out now via Bird's Robe Records.