CD REVIEW: Drew Pizzulo - A Moment Can Change Everything
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/10/2012 - 05:30 PM EDT
Artist: Drew Pizzulo
Album: A Moment Can Change Everything
Label: Independent Artist
Sounds Like: SavageGarden, Michael Buble, Jason Mraz
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 6/10
Commercial Value: 6/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: A Moment Can Change Everything, Can't Stop, Danceing Alone
Weakness: Substandard Mix, Lackluster Sound Quality, Winded Songs, Marketability (due to mix)
New Jersey based singr/songwriter Drew Pizzulo just released his latest CD entitled “A Moment Can Change Everything” in 2012. Reading from their bio: A former season 6 American Idol contestant, Drew has given hundreds of live performances of both original and cover material in the USA and international cruise lines. Since Pizzulo does not play an instrument, he chose to work with talented professional studio musicians Anderson Barbosa, Donnie Klang and Rick Barclay in creating background arrangements for his original solo work.
The CD gently takes flight with the title track “A Moment Can Change Everything” a smooth flowing intro piece that serves up a delicate piano driven groove against inviting melody and passionate vocals from Pizzulo. This first is quite dynamic as it flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “Left Out” shifts gears a bit with its heartfelt vocal delivery from Pizzulo against steady flowing rhythm, smooth melodic guitar ambience and grand slam chorus making for an impressive follow up ballad. Track 3 “A Love Song” Keeps thing moving in the right direction with its striking vocal intro, gradually building into an impressive ballad with thought provoking lyrical content and passionate vocal finale. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid songs in a row. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Along the way you will notice lush instrumentation with things inviting Piano, impressive guitar licks and solos, Hammond Organ and Keyboard accents, and violin painted against the 4 piece standard. Now turning our attention over to Pizzulo - as for his vocal abilities, his voice works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. His voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively. I suspect some of his vocal influences are Jason Mraz, Daren Hayes (SavageGarden) and Michael Buble. All songs are extremely well crafted and consistent across the board. This CD from Drew Pizzulo delivers 12 solid tracks all providing thought provoking wisdom with messages that are uplifting, passionate and positive. From grooving “I Need Love” to heartfelt “Dancing Alone” and “Can’t Stop” to melodic “Am I’ and Catch 22” to seductive “Sleep Together” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with track 12: “Nothing More to Say” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
The biggest problem with the CD is not the band, not the music, not the performances - it’s clearly the engineering aspect of it all. The overall production quality (recording, mixing, mastering) seems to be somewhat erratic, amateurish, lackluster and clear as mud. This is especially true when played on high–end stereo systems. Digging deeper into the liner notes it says nothing pertaining to who recorded, mixed and mastered the Production. Typically all 3 production phases (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) should be handled by a separate music professional altogether. It takes engineering savvy to record, mix, and master a musical production to industry standards these days. The impact 3 separate engineers will have on your overall sound cannot be overstated. If this was 1979 this would be a state of the art, cutting edge musical production. Unfortunately its 2012 and the bar is set really high for independent artists like Drew Pizullo. On a positive note if this CD was engineered properly (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) it would definitely be a 9 or a 10. All songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. I even detected a few subtle tone and pitch issues with respect to Pizullos’s voice. If this review seems lopsided it’s merely reflects the extremes presented on “A Moment Can change Everything.” I fully realize this is a subjective art form but many of the aforementioned issues do effect the CD’s overall marketability.
From start to finish “A Moment Can Change Everything” is a consistent and heartfelt collection of music from Drew Pizzulo. The music is highly passionate, uplifting, and extremely passionate. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire CD. The writing and playing abilities of Drew Pizzulo are rock solid, the melodies are effective and will tug at your heart strings. The lyrical content is packed to the hilt with conventional wisdom and messages of hope, love and the passion of life itself.
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