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Fannon, John - 2013 Saved All The Pieces

ARTIST: Fannon, John
ALBUM: Saved All The Pieces
LABEL: Walking Wild Records
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: John Fannon - all instruments * Jimmy Waldo - keyboards 'Just Run' * Paul Cervone - additional drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Just You And Me * 02 Just Run * 03 Hearts Are Breaking * 04 So Tied Up In You * 05 Go On Your Way * 06 Write Your Name * 07 Saved All The Pieces * 08 Go To The Sun * 09 Running Easy * 10 Give Me Love * 11 So Here I Am


'Saved All The Pieces' marks a very welcome return to the music scene of John Fannon, one time vocalist/songwriter of the much missed and undervalued AOR band New England. Over recent years John has made tentative steps back into the live arena with low key clubs dates in Boston and New York, which has culminated in him releasing his first new music for some 30 years. A real solo project with John virtually playing everything on the album, John has crafted an album that is a very personal and intimate statement and shows a musician still at the top of his game.

The Songs
The set that John delivers here sees a performer very much at ease with himself. All the songs here are wonderfully played and arranged and sees John in an introspective mood. Acoustic guitar and keyboards dominate the sound, and his vocals are wonderfully fragile and convey real tenderness and emotion. The single 'Just Run' displays Beatles overtones and these influences are evident on other tracks throughout the album, notably 'Go To The Sun' which takes its lead from the Fab four's 'Across The Universe'. Stand out tracks for this reviewer are 'Hearts Are Breaking', 'So Tied Up In You' and the title track, all being beautiful ballads with John's vocals to the fore and backed up with lush arrangements. This album may not have the pomp and circumstance of New England but still delivers and shows John Fannon to be a mature and sophisticated artist with an insightful mind and an ear for a gorgeous melody.

In Summary
After too long an absence, John Fannon returns with an album of grace and beauty. If you think that he has forgotten how to rock, I bore witness to New England's very recent reunion in Boston that showed that he can still cut it in a classic rock band. John Fannon, for me at least will always hold a very unique position in AOR/pomp etc, call it what you will. Welcome back and please don`t leave it so long next time. As a footnote his recent CD release show and New England reunion were both recorded with the view of getting a CD out fairly soon. I for one can hardly wait.

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#1 | gdazegod on June 29 2013 13:05:22
Nice to see this here. Thanks Malcolm!
#2 | reyno-roxx on June 29 2013 14:24:18
This is a long awaited and very good comeback by Mr Fannon.
#3 | Jez on July 15 2013 15:25:22
Spot on review and a really fantastic CD. Great to have him back and putting out music of this quality.
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