Big Talk – s/t

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Vinyl
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Big Talk is the side/solo project of The Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. It is a joint release between Vannucci’s own label, Little Oil Records, and Epitaph Records. When the project was first announced I was hoping it would be good and not just some cheesy side project that a band member uses as a vehicle or creative outlet to release their own music, with the only reason it’s happening is because of the status of their main band. That can’t be further from the case with Big Talk. I was not expecting an album this good, and even if he was not in The Killers or The Killers did not exist, I would still like this album. Granted though the only reason I checked it out was because it was associated with The Killers, so it’s kind of a catch 22.

With that said, this album is not too far of a leap from The Killers sound, but there are hints of varying influences like country and a blend of Springsteen and Mellencamp in some songs, with others having an 80’s era vibe in the vein of Men At Work. I also detect hints of U2 and the Eagles too. Vannucci is a surprisingly good singer and song writer too. It is much better than Brandon Flowers’ solo album. The only thing that threw me for a loop was Big Talk’s performance on Jimmy Kimmel. Vannucci is a very animated drummer when performing with The Killers, but on Kimmel he looked like a different person. He was a very subdued for a frontman and looked shy or even a little intimidated.

As for the fine details of this release, there were 500 copies pressed on green vinyl which is being exclusively sold through Epitaph’s Kings Road Merch store. There are also an undetermined amount of copies pressed on black vinyl, which are available everywhere, including Kings Road Merch. It was pressed a double LP and comes housed in a gatefold jacket.


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