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Bill Laurance: Flint - Album Review

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Published May 20th 2014
A quirky and magical music experience
Snarky Puppy's talented pianist, Bill Laurance, has just released an album called Flint (I covered Snarky Puppy on another article). For those who do not know, Snarky Puppy is a jazz/fusion/funk ensemble band that when at full force includes 30 musically-gifted people playing all sorts of different instruments. I dare say they are very underrated—people really should look at these musicians and see what music is all about. It is about weaving the melodies, harmonies, and rhythm into a masterpiece that is endless and independent of other non-music variables.

That is what Bill Laurance's album has done—weaving the melodies, harmonies, and rhythm into a masterpiece. With the help of fellow Snarky Puppy members, he released his first solo album "Flint". My favourite piece from the album is "Neverending City":

The aura radiating from the song is magical, it makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale entering a, well, neverending city. But the magical vibe is balanced with funky beats that add quirkiness to the song. It is tranquil and groovy at the same time.

Throughout the album, we journey through a lot of notes and beats experimentation. "Smokers Castle" has this miscellaneous, reggae vibe into it and "Swag Times" is full of sound crescendos. And the chorus melodies in "Gold Coast" are just divine. We are concluded with a rather classical piece "Audrey" (in Bill's terms) that ends the album well.

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Track Listing:
1. Neverending City
2. Money in the Dessert
3. Flint
4. Swag Times
5. The Good Things
6. Chia
7. Smokers Castle
8. Gold Coast
9. Ready Wednesday
10. Audrey

I did say my favourite piece is track number 1, but to be honest, all the songs really impress me. It is rare that in one album one could like all songs, but I love all of them. Every piece is a unique musical experiment.

In conclusion, this is one of the finest album I have ever listened to.

For those who are interested in buying, hit the link For those interested in Snarky Puppy, they also have out-of-this-world music as good as Bill's—have a go at
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