February 23, 2013

Sound City (2013)

Sound City (2013)
Directed by: Dave Grohl
Country: USA

Review: “Sound City” is a rockumentary that follows the first steps, golden years, and posterior decline of one of the most emblematic music studios in US. Dave Grohl, Nirvana’s former drummer and mentor of Foo Fighters, directed the film. He became a big fan of Sound City Studios while recording Nirvana's cult album ‘Nevermind’, in 1991. Amazed with the sound that was being produced, Grohl would come to buy some of the iconic gear to outfit his private studio, which included the famous Neve 8028 mixing console. Without great filmmaking skills, the presentation ran in good rhythm, almost boosted by the sound of great songs that were being presented. Big names of rock music, such as: Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Paul McCartney or Rick Springfield, have participated by telling their stories or performing songs. Ably, the film also makes reference to the crucial turning point on musical technology, when the analog gave place to digital, an easier way to manage recordings, though less human. Staunch rock fans should be pleased with the vitality and intensity evinced in “Sound City”, while the others probably will remain indifferent.

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