Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2009 Articles » Fab Box - 2009 Music From The Fab Box
Fab Box - 2009 Music From The Fab Box

ALBUM: Music From The Fab Box
LABEL: Sound Of Pisces Music/Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 09 04 0005
YEAR: 2009
SPONSOR: Massimo Bozzi and Fabrizio Ugolini/Avenue Of Allies


LINEUP: Massimo Bozzi - vocals, guitars * Fabrizio Ugolini - vocals, guitars * Tonino Landini, Andrea Leonardi, Paolo Gennari, Paolo Pedretti - lead guitar * Elyan Fernova, Herman Matthews - drums * Fabrizio Grossi - bass, keyboards * Melissa Ugolini, Marco Bozzi - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Tell Her I'm Allright * 02 NobodyTonight * 03 Inside * 04 The Key * 05 A Matter Of Time * 06 Let Me Try * 07 Together * 08 I Still Believe * 09 Reason Of The Heart * 10 Call My Name * 11 You Are The One * 12 Always * 13 Eres Mi Vida


WEBLINKS: www.fabbox.net

Well then, what a pleasant surprise this is! Fab Box, the cleverly named duo of Fabrizio Ugolini and Massimo Bozzi have landed a quite beautiful light AOR/west coast album. It swims in the same bay as Jay Miles, Richard Marx, On The Rise (a lighter version thereof) and early Ian Thomas. There are some delicious melodies within the Fab Box, along with some well written and well structured songs. Credits include well known Frontiers Records producer Fabrizio Grossi, Toto's Joseph Williams, plus a host of local Italian musos who help out on the album. The duo have been writing for awhile, and their tight musical cohesion is evidence of connectedness. Ugolini seems to have the hard rock influences, having been a member of Italian 80's hard rockers Revenge, whereas Bozzi has a background in the Italian pop scene, as a producer, arranger and musician. The duo have been musical partners for the last ten years, the results of which can now be found on 'Music From The Fab Box'.

The Songs
Kicking off with 'Tell Her I'm Alright', the punchy opening settles into a smooth semi west coast styled arrangement, culminating in a strong well worked chorus. The shuffle beackbeat that introduces 'Nobody Tonight' creates an urban environment pop tune with a hint of CCM melodies. Listening to 'Inside' and 'A Matter Of Time' reminds me of Michael Learns To Rock lighter moments, the style changes slightly for the excellent 'The Key', with a cool modern sounding synth motif, Toto like riffs on the verses and a lush chorus. The mostly acoustic pop of 'Let Me Try' is very catchy, and the chorus is gorgeous. 'I Still Believe' is a purists form of west coast, lush, ambient and totally captivating in the same way that the awesome Soleil Moon CD was sold to me! We get more swirling synths on 'Reason Of The Heart', another totally captivating tune with a chorus that'll reel you in on the first listen. 'Call My Name' captures the essence of that acoustic/electric interplay with a flurry of lead guitar in the style of Tim Pierce shining through in the background. 'Always' has a vibe similar to Swiss west-coaster Jay Miles (where has this guy gone.. btw?), and it's nice to hear this style once again. The finale 'Eres Mi Vida' sung by guest Francis Benitez is the Italian version of the previous song 'You Are The One'. The acoustic dynamics lend well to a local language equivalent.

In Summary
Listening to Fab Box is a welcome relief in a daily life populated by so many hard rock and metal releases. The cruisy backdrop it provides is both therapeutic and relaxing, and I had a great time digging into the songs, and I'm sure many of you will too. The package provided to me by Fab Box is a wonderfully put together digipack, which contains 'Eres Mi Vida' as a bonus track. You can purchase the album in digital form on iTunes or Amazon, but how about supporting the band directly by buying the digipack from the Fab Box website? Or, you could pick up this album courtesy of Avenue Of Allies, who have reissued the album on their label during Sept 2009. Either way, it's a great little album, especially recommended for those of you into westcoast/pop. Check them out!

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
Tags: Fab Box 
#1 | gdazegod on August 27 2009 14:35:02
Please note, the Avenue Of Allies version of this album (rel Sept 2009) includes a new track.. 'Yesterday'.
#2 | swazi on December 23 2009 23:41:40
(Unfortunately) I bought the self-released version of this CD rather early and therefore I haven't got this bonus track (God, I hate those different releases so short after each other!). Nevertheless I fell in love with this CD and started to "promote" it over on the HH forum. It's a must-have for all into AOR. Nuff said!
#3 | gdazegod on May 05 2013 12:25:31
These guys should be out with a new album this year (2013).
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 100% [1 Vote]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Circus of Power - 1990 Vices, Sturm Und Drang - 2012 Graduation Day, Opus (Austria) - 1980 Daydreams, Sonata Arctica - 2012 Stones Grow Her Name, Schooltree - 2017 Heterotopia, Dungeon - 2002 A Rise To Power, Saga - 1985 Behaviour, Slaves To Fashion - 2011 Artistic Differences, Rough Cutt - 1986 Wants You!, Dancer - 1976 Dancer, Wheels Of Fire - 2010 Hollywood Rocks, Garfield - 1976 Strange Streets, Pooh - 1979 Viva, Billy The Kid - 1985 Sworn To Fun, Machine Men - 2007 Circus Of Fools
Steve McLoone Squint The Scorpions Rogue Male Empire Oz Knozz Voyager (Australia) Tad Morose Novo Combo Stephen Dees Amorphis Robert Fleischman Lordi Shocking Blue AC/DC Alice Cooper All I Know Find Me Fortune Iron Mask Brighton Rock Live Albums Acid Lars Eric Mattson John Sykes Blue Murder Ethos Care Of Night The Dictators A Geoff Mann Band The Bond Twelfth Night Europe (Band) Anvil Crystal Eyes
All Tags
Search DDG