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Pete Mroz
Detachment
(self-released)
www.petemroz.com


The sophomore release by Pete Mroz is everything you might expect from a second attempt, and I don't know if I mean that in a good way. Mroz has a fantastic crystal clear voice with perfect intonation that could be considered a cross between Gary Jules and Paul Simon, and a style that could only be generally categorized as Adult Contemporary. The music is fairly similar to many in the genre and doesn't really bring any unique aspects to the table. Although the tracks are pleasant to the ear, there is really no song that is memorable. I would almost expect several tracks to be played in the department stores you would find in the mall.

This being said, I didn't find the entire album to be without virtue. "Hey Lorraine" has some great hooks and decent acoustic guitar with a driving rhythm. I actually found the final track on the album, "You Can't Reach Me Now," to be one of his best. The slow, soulful guitar picking of Mroz shows he can bring out emotions through this quiet, yet thoughtful, tune. This track really showcases his velvety, yet clear voice as his melancholy tale is told through the somewhat mysterious lyrics.

Detachment isn't what I'd call a terrible album, but it's really nothing I'd write home about, and that's all I have to say about that.

-Liger Woods

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