I hope this vinyl resurgence continues. Not just because it sounds better, but hopefully it'll change listening habits. Right now, LPs and EPs are getting gutted by digital butchery as listeners pull out only what they like. But these albums, these collections of music, have been assembled with a lot of blood, sweat, and thought. Even if a band's album isn't a concept piece, the order of the songs can drastically affect the impact.
Rochester indie-esque rockers Blue Falcon released a five-song EP, "First Flight," a couple of years ago, and it played front to back with sturdy cadence and rollercoaster dynamics. I loved it —and still do. Flash forward: Blue Falcon has taken "First Flight" and injected more cuts to arrive at a full-blown, 12-song CD.
It's excellent, touching upon all major food groups in a cool display. Does it play differently? Not necessarily. But then again, it's more of an extrapolated study of the sounds and themes that were already set in motion ... or flight. Does the fact that I love "First Flight" give me an inside track to enjoying this new record more than someone just turned onto the band? Maybe, but either way, it plays great front-to-back. The flight is just a little longer, that's all. — BY FRANK DE BLASE