Rob Balducci 821 Monroe Drive

Rob Balducci 821 Monroe Drive

Last month Digital Guitar Player crowned Rob Balducci as the guitar player of the month. We promised to review more Rob Balducci related release. 821 Monroe Drive is Balducci’s latest album release in which he pays tribute to his childhood home. Every song in this recording has a purpose and a meaning that relates to the early life of Rob Balducci. It is always neat to watch an artist pay tribute to their roots and use that as an inspiration to create music.

Rob Balducci gets really melodic and showcases many of his influences on this recording.

The title track is influenced by Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page as explained by Balducci himself. Natalie Rose is a song about his niece that sadly passed away a couple of years ago. There is so much emotion and feel throughout the tracks. It is a beautiful tribute and story that can be heard through the expression in his playing. Three Words is also a melodic yet aggressive track on the album that even has a little bit of a Steve Vai influence (we think so at least). There are some nice melodic ballads such as Foreign Matter where Rob has nice use of the wah pedal. As Castle In The Air comes on you feel the energy of the recording shift to a new gear and the intensity continues. Step Into Liquid offers the same intensity that we just talked about. In general this recording is a home run and the best way to understand it is to follow along with the description of each song that Rob has posted on YouTube.

Look there are a lot of incredible guitar albums that are being released constantly. In fact it becomes difficult to keep track of what is great and what is unique because there is just so much talent in this space. Rob Balducci is unique in his own right and it can be heard in his playing. Steve Vai once said that “you have to have the goods and an effective players has that ability to perform and emotional investment and Rob has got a really good balance of that”. So go check out the recording and get inspired by this great player and also be on the lookout for some Jeff Beck and David Gilmour like phrases.



Tracks:

NameArtistTimePrice
1

Creation 9Rob Balducci4:00$0.99View In iTunes
2

821 Monroe DriveRob Balducci6:03$0.99View In iTunes
3

Three WordsRob Balducci4:37$0.99View In iTunes
4

Foreign MatterRob Balducci6:12$0.99View In iTunes
5

Castle in the AirRob Balducci5:47$0.99View In iTunes
6

Natalie RoseRob Balducci5:00$0.99View In iTunes
7

BurrataRob Balducci5:32$0.99View In iTunes
8

Step Into LiquidRob Balducci4:40$0.99View In iTunes
9

Not EnoughRob Balducci4:31$0.99View In iTunes
10

Ruled By the MoonRob Balducci6:34$0.99View In iTunes
11

Majik CatRob Balducci3:49$0.99View In iTunes
12

Empress Redux (Bonus Track)Rob Balducci6:10$0.99View In iTunes
2 comments on “Rob Balducci 821 Monroe Drive
  1. Can you review my album ?
    Hi would you do me the honor of checking out my music on iTunes here. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/beyond-the-seen/id993228468 Would you also do me the honor of liking my facebook music page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wayne-Schwartz/61585082934 Thanks so much and blessings!

    • Stan Sher says:

      Yes I will be glad to. I will follow my standard process of listening to it three times and do a write up. Keep the greatness coming my friend. Thanks.

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