“Black Ribbons” – Initial Thoughts

I’ve been listening to the new Shooter Jennings / Hierophant album “Black Ribbons” alot over the last few days.  It’s a very infectious piece of work, unlike anything I’ve heard from Shooter in the past.  It’s part Pink Floyd, part Shooter Jennings, part Queensryche – part a lot of things (it also features Stephen King as a late night talk radio host – Will-O-The-Wisp).  All of those pieces come together to form a concept album in the vein of “The Wall” or “Operation Mindcrime”.  I don’t agree with the politics of the story (and it’s very political) but there is no denying the artistry and passion that went in to making this album.  The music grabbed me from the first track, and then swerved it’s way through amalgamation of styles and attitudes, that all just seemed to work together in just the right way.  I’m going to take a few more days to try and really wrap my head around this album, but I highly recommend it.  It’s an ambitious attempt at making a musical statement – and it works.  I’ll  have a review posted in the next few days.

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