Sound City

Frank Black, Lindsey Buckingham, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petty, Trent Reznor, Rick Springfield, Corey Taylor, Lars Ulrich, Neil Young, Stevie Nicks, Barry Manilow,

Sound City: tells the story of the greatest music studio that ever existed – IRGDGHO (In Rock God Dave Grohl’s Honest Opinion). And what a story it is, plenty of ups and downs to make an interesting and entertaining documentary. Not unlike Side by Side’s knockout movie cast, some of the musicians that pop up in here are jaw-droppingly famous: Stevie Nix, Neil Young, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, Rick Springfield… the list is endless. The film covers standard ground like the rise-and-fall of raw / live recording several times through, 80s over-production and the dominance of pro tools a decade later. The first 70 minutes is a great documentary, however the final 25 or so really let the film down as star after star is invited to jam with Dave and the Foo Fighters, creating (average) songs in a couple of hours “old school style” – in what’s essentially an advert for the soundtrack, and a rather unnecessary addition to the runtime. Even as a massive Foo Fighters fan, it’s just a bit too much back-slapping. Weirdly, the film gives drum sound it’s own section but doesn’t bother with bass, guitar, vocals… Dave you cheeky drum monkey!! Overall, this is a good rock-dock, but I preferred hanging out with the rock stars and hearing their stories over seeing their (surprisingly boring) “creative process” in the studio.

Score: 7/10

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12 comments
  1. Definitely want to see this.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I’d recommend watching it right until you see them re-installing the massive Sound Desk, then cut your losses and turn it off!

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  2. It was great to see a lot of my rock-hero’s come together and just jam out, for the sake of recording genuinely made music. Wasn’t perfect, but it was definitely one of the better rock-docs I saw last year. Good review.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Pretty good for his first feature / doc – although lacked consistency. But still totally watchable, if only for the star gazing!

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  3. I think some of these sessions may be in the doc. about Lemmy from Motorhead. Another pretty decent film.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Will check that out, Lemmy wasn’t in it for much – but I’ve had my eye on his Doc Blu Ray for a while – the sound is supposed to be blistering!

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  4. Sounds great!!!

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  5. Reblogged this on Geek Is The New Black.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Thanks for the shout-out!

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      • No problem!

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  6. Jaina said:

    Snap. It started out well, and it was fun to see them all playing together. But it was no longer a film towards the end.

    Listening to the soundtrack is immensely better than watching the film.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Can’t get me head around the soundtrack because every song’s so different – despite loving a lot of the ‘featured’ artists.

      Love it when the iPlayer scores good films like this!

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