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2010-05-11

Brian Ray - Mondo Magneto

Brian Ray, who is perhaps best known as Paul McCartney's guitarist, has made his debut solo album, Mondo Magneto, available for free this week.  To get it, all you need to do is go to his Facebook page and follow the instructions (namely, click the "Like" button near the top of the page, which should cause the download link to appear) - just make sure that you do it before Sunday, May 16.

Having never heard of Brian Ray before I read about this offer on Twitter, I didn't really know what to expect from this album.  I ended up listening to the whole thing three times in a row last night before I decided I needed to get some sleep, and it was the first thing I listened to today; needless to say, I think it's a pretty cool album.  The first song, "Good for Nothing", has a cool guitar riff that bends and twists all over the place; I actually get a bit of Tom Petty vibe from the verses, before the hard rocking chorus kicks in.  The lyrics to "Vinyl" make some very creative use of album and artist names to weave a story about LPs that were stolen from the trunk of the narrator's car.  "Soft Machine" is a slow rocker with a bit of a Led Zeppelin feel and some great guest vocals by Etta James.   "All I Know" is a beautiful little ballad with some nice backup vocals.  "If You're Leaving Me" is another ballad, mainly acoustic with a nice string arrangement.

The guitar playing on the entire album is excellent; Ray has a great sense of when to lay low and let the vocals and other instruments do the talking, and when to cut loose with a big, meaty riff or some tasteful slide playing.  Remember, Mondo Magneto is only available for free until Sunday, May 16, so if it sounds like something that would interest you at all, go and download it immediately.  Happy listening!

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2 comments:

Fiona Dixon said...

Thanks so much for posting this! I'm probably biased - I'm Brian's webmaster/designer - but it's an amazing album. It was recorded with great players playing together in a real studio.. imagine that!  Joe Zook [ Weezer, Pink, One Republic] engineered and mixed.

Just to let you know, Brian is extending the free download offer for another week as it's proving to be very popular. And watch out for his new album out this summer... You can currently download the first track free on his website brianray.com. Expect a few more freebies later in the summer, as well :-)

Fiona

Jeff said...

Thanks for your comment, Fiona! It was absolutely my pleasure to post about this album - it is rare for something to make such a huge impression on me so quickly, but this one had me hooked right from the start.

I'll check out the new track, although even without hearing a single note from it, I'm sure I'll be picking up the new album when it comes out. Score another one for artists who aren't afraid to give their music away!