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Hungry Heart - 2015 Dirty Italian Job

ARTIST: Hungry Heart
ALBUM: Dirty Italian Job
LABEL: Tanzan Music
YEAR: 2015
SPONSOR: Tanzan Music


LINEUP: Josh Zighetti - vocals * Mario Percudani: guitars, backing vocals, lead vocals (4 and 7) * Stefano Scola - bass * Paolo Botteschi - drums

Guests: Paolo Apollo Negri - keyboards (2, 7, 10) * Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards (1, 4, 6, 8) * Giulio Garghentini - backing vocals (8)

TRACK LISTING: 01 There Is A Reason For Everything * 02 Back To The Real Life * 03 Shoreline * 04 Nothing But You * 05 Devil's Got My Number * 06 Bad Love * 07 Second Hand Love * 08 Time For The Letting Go * 09 Right Now * 10 You Can Run * 11 Rock Steady * 12 All Over Again



Here is album number three from Mario Percudani's mob HungryHeart. Percudani has been a busy bloke in recent times, playing in many project and band scenarios include Lionville, Issa, Bailey, Kelly Keeling and French outfit Chasing Violets. This time, HH's sound is slightly more refined. A good production always helps, and many of these new songs are quite commercial and radio friendly. In past reviews, I've made it known that singer Josh Zighetti had some similarity to Tesla's Jeff Keith. I still keep to that comparison, and even though Jeff's voice is no longer what it once was, Zighetti reminds us of a bygone era. It is however Percudani's guitar-work that holds much of the interest here.

The Songs
Things get underway with an anthem; 'There Is A Reason For Everything' ensures the album gets off to a hot start. It's a rocker with a bluesy edge. Things go up a notch for the next pairing of 'Back To The Real Life' and 'Shoreline'. These two are very immediate, and you'd be hard-pressed for thinking this isn't an American band. 'Nothing But You' works the acoustic ballad sound to a tee. Difficult not to compare this to the midwest genre. Very nice. So too the ambient acoustics of 'Time For The Letting Go' which really is Tesla in a different guise. 'Devil's Got My Number' has a very sassy sound, while 'Bad Love' drops into Trixter's neighbourhood. Percudani keeps the electrics on high alert with riffs flying everywhere on 'Right Now', as he does on 'Rock Steady' and the closer 'All Over Again'.

In Summary
Musically, HungryHeart aren't as poodle like and fluffy as other past projects that Mario has been involved in; preferring instead to forge a different path, fusing hard rock, glam and blues/rock. Still, this has more than the average quota of fiery hard rock songs, surprisingly so. There is something for everyone on this CD, and I predict the regular GDM clientele should enjoy this. Think Bon Jovi, Tesla, 2000's era Danger Danger or even Trixter at the lighter end of their scale. It took five years for a new album from HungryHeart, and I'm glad these guys continue to tick over. Check it out.

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