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The Parlor Mob and Filip Dahl Reviewed

The Parlor Mob and Filip Dahl Reviewed

The Parlor Mob – Carnival of Crows ’06

Similar artists: Led Zeppelin, MC5, Greta Van Fleet, Black Sabbath

Genre: Classic Rock, Garage Rock, Alternative Rock

You can fool some of the people sometimes, but what about all the people? When it comes to pure rock n’ roll and the excitement that ought to exist along with it, the old proverb rings true. Everyone can plug an electric guitar into an amp, managers can book big shows and publicists can talk up a storm. But what actually comes out of that amp needs to raise people to their feet in order for any meaningful audience enthusiasm to be created. 

It’s not like audiences aren’t in the market for any of that, either. No, they’re desperate. So much so that once in a while, they’ll settle for whatever it is that they can get. So much so that they’ll believe the music reviewer tasked with telling them just how great a new band is. But listen to me when I say it again – rock n’ roll enthusiasm cannot be faked. 

The exuberance of a true rock band can’t be faked, either. The Parlor Mob’s  “Carnival of Crows ’06” contains endless supplies of that. Yes, this is music meant to capture the greatness of the likes of Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. But it is also played with the same kind of manic energy, the same torched earth policy that endeared those gentle savages to 1970s audiences. Could it be The Parlor Mob’s turn? They certainly think they have a shot, and it’s hard to fight against people riding a wave of pure self-belief. 


Filip Dahl – Dreaming

Similar artists: Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Snowy White, David Gilmour

Genre: Blues, Classic Rock, 80s Rock

There are a few disciplines in this world that require constant improvement. They ask for everything from the practitioner over a lifetime, and year after year, they provide back only small rewards. However, the people who’ve dedicated themselves to practicing martial arts, learning chess, or playing lead electric guitar will feel satisfied with this deal. After all, they bring into this world things that are off-limits to most other humans. 

Bluesy lead guitar playing is a particularly demanding line of work. This is because the musician can’t only work to improve the dexterity of their figures. They gotta work with soul as well. That is very hard to quantify, and thus, it’s difficult to understand when improvements have been made. It takes a few lessons to learn to play the blues and a lifetime to really get to play it. Or, as Robin Thrower claimed, guitarists need to start by playing rock and end up playing the blues, not the other way around. 

Filip Dahl’s playing on the blues instrumental “Dreaming” is guitar poetry. It’s not music meant to get you humming on the bus ride home (although you could try), but rather music meant to soundtrack your imagination. Modern pop rules do not confine it, and so it can do anything. And, certainly, it is one intended for blues-rock aficionados. The lyrical playing of David Gilmour, Snowy White, or Peter Green, with that soaring guitar tone, should come flooding back into your memories. And to think that all it took was a lifetime of doing this. 

The Parlor Mob - Carnival of Crows '06

8.0

Filip Dahl - Dreaming

7.5

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About author

Eduard Banulescu is a writer, blogger, and musician. As a content writer, Eduard has contributed to numerous websites and publications, including FootballCoin, Play2Earn, BeIN Crypto, Business2Community, NapoliSerieA, Extra Time Talk, Nitrogen Sports, Bavarian FootballWorks, etc. He has written a book about Nirvana, hosts a music podcasts, and writes weekly content about some of the best, new and old, alternative musicians. Eduard also runs and acts as editor-in-chief of the alternative rock music website www.alt77.com. Mr. Banulescu is also a musician, having played and recorded in various bands and as a solo artist.
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