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Sound City: Real to Reel [soundtrack] - RCA
FILTER Grade: 64%

By Kurt Orzeck on March 12, 2013

 

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Everybody who loves rock music loves Dave Grohl. So it’s easy to applaud him for simultaneously preserving rock history while galvanizing its icons and fans into boldly seizing the future. But while Sound City Studios was unforgettable, this glorified jam session is not. It’s uneven and top-heavy; Grohl and recurring guest Josh Homme should’ve just used it as the template for the next Queens of the Stone Age LP. Grohl tried the supergroup trick before, with his poorly received metal project Probot. This is no different and the sum of its parts is greater than the whole. An impressive Rolodex doesn’t necessarily make an impressive album. 

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