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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



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!

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#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).
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