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Percudani, Mario - 2010 New Day

ARTIST: Percudani, Mario
ALBUM: New Day
LABEL: Tanzan Music
YEAR: 2010
SPONSOR: Tanzan Music


LINEUP: Mario Percudani - lead vocals, background vocals, guitars, dobro, lap steel guitar

Guest Musicians: Marco Tansini - guitars, electric piano, background vocals * Gianni Grecchi - bass * Angelo Roveda - drums * Gianni Satta - horn, trumpet * Elisa Paganelli - background vocals * Piero Bassini - acoustic piano on 'God Bless The Child' * Barbara Boffelli - background vocals on 'In My Old Shoes' and 'You Can Run'.

TRACK LISTING: 01 In My Old Shoes * 02 Don't Bother Me * 03 You Can Run * 04 Scarlet * 05 New Day * 06 All Over * 07 Standing In The Pouring Rain * 08 Tears On The Water * 09 I'll Be There For You * 10 God Bless The Child



Italian guitarist Mario Percudani has been in the spotlight lately. A few cameos on 2010's premiere AOR album thus far: Shining Line, plus his band Hungry Heart has seen their second album 'One Way Ticket To Paradise' hit the markets in the last couple of months. Despite the hard rock pedigree, Percudani is versatile enough to try his hand at the soft pop/rock genre, as evidenced by his first solo CD 'New Day'. If you've followed Mario around on MySpace you would've been aware of his solo material, and it catches on with its urban jazzy vibe with alternate splashes of melodic colour. There are mid-west flavours thrown in for good measure too. Hmm, I can smell the coffee from here, as this cruises around your aural zone like a rich cappucino doused with cream. Fellow Italians Fab Box are a good reference point, so too former PM man Peter Mayer as is the latter day era music of Gino Vanelli and possibly Alfie Zappacosta.

The Songs
'In My Old Shoes' takes us on a walk down a country lane on a warm spring day, 'Don't Bother Me' features acoustic piano, lounge club styled backing vocals and a Gino Vanelli like expression. 'You Can Run' could be modelled on that mid-west style which a whole bunch of Danish bands made popular back in the 90's. Sko Torp springs to mind. The beat accelerates for the pleasant acoustic rock of 'Scarlet', which hints at Peter Mayer's Americana styled framework, and as I am a huge fan of Meyer, this was very easy to enjoy. Mayer's influence also flows through into the title track 'New Day', less so the acoustic ramble of 'All Over' which is filled out by accompanying female backing vocals. 'Standing In The Pouring Rain' reminds me of those singer/songwriter albums from the late 70's, many of which are reviewed here at GDAZE. It flows nicely, mostly acoustic, with a slight twangy country vibe. 'Tears On The Water' also invokes that late 70's era, the only difference is that it rocks out a little bit more. 'I'll Be There For You' and its shimmering guitarwork allows you to daydream about venturing down that old country road with the wind in your hair and the sun on your back. The finale 'God Bless The Child' moves in jazz circles, with the brushes drumwork, acoustic piano and subtle trumpet part. It is a cover of the Billie Holiday standard, first written way back in 1939 by Holiday and writing partner Arthur Hertzog Jnr and eventually recorded in 1941.

In Summary
'New Day' is one of those CD's that will melt away in the background as you go about your day. There are none of those flashy guitar solos that you'll find on those aforementioned Hungry Heart or Shining Line albums. In fact, the music here is diametrically opposed, and it also suggests to us that Percudani is well rounded enough not to leave all his eggs in the one basket (i.e hard rock). Likeable in the sense that it's still melodic but different from what we'd expect from Mario, and that it proves that there are some musicians in our favourite sub-genre of rock music who don't view the world one dimensionally. For those who prefer a twist, 'New Day' may have something to offer you.

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