Rock and roll continues to thrive in this day and age, despite
the naysayers and old guard who deny the good of the new. There
are still new artists and bands every year that are worth listening
to, bands that create music that entrances the listener and has
a certain intrinsic value. Fernando Viciconte is one such
artist. And while he and his band don't exactly break new ground
on their new recording Enter To Exit, they do create a
low-key rock music that is instantly classic and extremely likeable.
Fernando's lyrics are tightly wound verses, wholly expressive
and intimately captivating. After listening to his songs, one
feels like they know a bit about the man and how his outlook on
the world operates. The songs range from gritty Brit-influenced
rock ("Howard Hughes") to melancholy piano driven balladry
("Waiting"). There are upbeat poppy acoustic-based numbers
("The Reluctant Deity") that will certainly keep the
toe tapping even as they lead into horn-infested grandiose numbers
that recall some of Jules Shear's more Beatles-ish
attempts ("Another Day In My Head"). There is even a
great, dimly lit smoky barroom love song in the alternately beautiful
and haunting "Mariana". "Everybody Knows"
is a prime example of how Fernando can take a moody attitude and
convert it to Jellyfish-like bounce, complete with hopping
drums and piano that prances along in a joyous romp.
With the release of Enter To Exit, Fernando is set to
prove to the world that he has a very unique voice, and that he
can craft amazingly complex simple songs that will certainly stick
in the listener's head with repeated exposure. These songs extort
empathy from their listeners with a straightforward honesty in
a way that most modern pop music doesn't tend to be able to achieve.
And while the songs on Enter To Exit can be somewhat traced
back to their cumulative roots, it is easy to see that Fernando
has the same songsmithing prowess as did a young David Bowie
and he's not afraid to use it.
1. Howard Hughes
2. One Trick Pony
3. The Reluctant Deity
4. Another Day In My Head
6. Everybody Knows
7. The Change In Us
8. From Now On
9. The Devil's In The Sky
11. My Magnetic Field
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