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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Frank Viele - Fall Your Way - New Release Review

I just received the most recent release (March 31, 2015), Fall Your Way, from Frank Viele and it's nicely done. Opening with Broken Love Song, a poppy rocker with a nice melody and featuring some thick guitar work from Joe Bonamassa Viele is on his way. Next up is funky, Kalifornia, featuring with a light John Mayer feel but with cool horn punctuation. Viele has a direct voice which gives these tracks a nice edge to start with, blended with raspy sax and pointed drums this is hot stuff. How Dare You Say You're Sorry is a classic ballad with a hot guitar riff and a cool melody. Alexa has a nice bass box rhythm and crisp backing vocals. A sweet track with a light feel, this is another in a full release of well written tracks. Easy Money actually has a mild Michael Jackson feel with a straight rhythm and nicely blended vocals. Light jazzy (Steeley Dan like) guitar work and a nice sax solo sets this track apart. When You Gonna Come Home is a really clean acoustic track with a light jazz backing. Tonight I Must leave Your Arms has a familiar feel with a catchy melody and an almost Don Henley feel... sweet and simple. Monsters In The Hall has an easy flowing pace over a straight 4/4 beat. Someday I'm Gonna Make You Mine has a cool funky beat but light and jazzy feel. I particularly like the soprano sax work under the strong vocals by Viele. You Don't Have To Go steps up the pace a bit with a fast driving beat and an almost Spanish guitar rhythm. Very cool. Kick Up Your Heels has a funky R&B feel but maintains it's pop polish and horn retort. A compressed guitar solo on this track is particularly effective. Clever and spanky. You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go is a light and easy rocker and Viele shows he really needs very little but his own vocal to make good music. Wrapping the release is I Just Don't Know with simple keys and guitar under Viele's rich melody. No...this isn't a blues release but a well thought out pop vocal release. It's well written and performed.  

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