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CD REVIEW: Ricky Valente – “Consolation”
By Stacey Board - 06/18/2003 - 08:03 PM EDT

Artist: Ricky Valente
Album: “Consolation”
CD Review: It seems from the CD cover photo that Valente is a fairly young man, but I really don’t know. I only mention it because it strikes me that as a producer and guitar player, he is impressive, and especially so if he’s just getting started. As a lyric writer I look forward to hearing him grow into his talents.

What makes this a good CD instead of just an OK CD for me is the little chances taken and the unexpected production touches. He has a very pleasing voice and very strong guitar talent. He also has a good ear for melody and a notable instinct for production.

I believe the title of the CD is in reference to the fact that a lot of the songs on the CD are post break up songs. They are not overly maudlin but they are largely songs expressing searching, longing and loss alongside some of hope and dreams. “Out There” is one of the stronger songs in my opinion due to the little rhythmic groove and the dynamic changes he uses through the course of the song.

Valente is a talented musician and writer and fans of modern acoustic rock will enjoy this CD.

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