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Hungry Heart - 2008 Hungry Heart

ARTIST: Hungry Heart
ALBUM: Hungry Heart
LABEL: Tanzan Music/Freemood Productions
YEAR: 2008
SPONSOR: Mario Percudani/Tanzan Music


LINEUP: Josh Zighetti - vocals * Mario Percudani - guitars, vocals * Lele Meola - bass * Emilo 'Pingo' Sobacchi - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock City * 02 Stealing The Night * 03 River Of Soul * 04 Hang On To Me * 05 The Only One * 06 Innocent Tears * 07 Shadows * 08 Hard Lovin' Woman * 09 Breath Away * 10 It Takes Two * 11 Gina (M Bolton cover)



Following on in the great tradition of melodic rock bands from Milano Italy - is a new name to these pages.. Hungry Heart. These guys were formed as far back as 1997, but have only kicked into gear just recently. Their sound harks back to the early 90's with comparisons drawn from the likes of Bon Jovi, White Lion and Tesla. Hungry Heart also touch on a slightly glam sound, but it's mostly a permanent party-metal attitude that prevails throughout this eleven track disc. The two lead personnel are singer Josh Zighetti who's voice is styled heavily on Tesla's Jeff Keith, and guitarist Mario Percudani, who is a very talented player - and not just in the melodic rock field either.

The Songs
'Rock City' opens the band's account, with its near glam vibe plus the big woah woah gang chants. 'Stealing The Night' is a good window into the potential of this band, with hair metal guitar lines but near AOR sensibilities that works itself into the melodic chorus. 'River Of Soul' refers to the country/hair metal crossover that found a home with many bands back in the early 90's - Bon Jovi, Tattoo Rodeo and Tesla included. At 7 minutes, 'Hang On To Me' is the album's lengthy obligatory power ballad, combining acoustic and electrics. It's pretty good actually, not unlike Firehouse or Bon Jovi in their quieter moments. 'The Only One' meanwhile, goes down the White Lion path, with Percudani firing off a few Vito Bratta styled guitar run for good measure. 'Innocent Tears' is another acoustic/electric affair, again, with all the aforementioned bands used as reference points, because by now all the influences are easier to detect. The solos on this track are superb. Give Mario a medal! It must be the song-title or the lyrics, but 'Hard Lovin' Woman' must've been inspired by Whitesnake! Surely! lol! Add in a twist of Tesla and you have the perfect Hungry Heart inspired melodic rocker. Perhaps the most AOR moment on the album is 'Breath Away', the song construct is typical of the genre, and is delivered with a good dose of sugar. 'It Takes Two' is a punchy rocker with a tight compressed sound and a simplistic arrangement compared to the rest of the material. To further sell their case to this listener, they even perform a rendition of Michael Bolton's 'Gina' as their closing track. Brave indeed, though it contains none of the AOR genius of the 'great one', this one is played in a harder rock style without any keyboards.

In Summary
Certainly fans of Tesla should take a listen to this, particularly if you want to listen to a Jeff Keith doppelganger in Josh Zighetti. This guy makes the Arnel Pineda vs Steve Perry argument look utterly pointless. Josh' combination with Mario Percudani is the album's strength. A great start for this Milanese band, but with more time under their belt, plus if they decide to recruit a keyboard player to add the extra hundreds and thousands on their songs, this band could definitely go places in the future.

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#1 | YNGWIEVIKING on June 15 2008 10:06:49
After EVA and the great MYLAND, it seems that every band in Italy is fighting for the 'king of RETRO spaghetti AOR title'those days! This one is good maybe better than EVA even if it's lack originality and sounds very generic at times! But the performances are good (even if sometimes the lead vocals could be better) and the strong focus on melodies save the album! Nothing spectacular but well crafted songs for the AOR/HAIR METAL nostalgics fans onlySmile The crown goes to MYLAND anyway music
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