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CD REVIEW: Corinne Curcio - From My Balcony
By Don Sechelski - 04/25/2009 - 08:51 PM EDT

Artist: Corinne Curcio
Album: From My Balcony
Website: http://home.earthlink.net/~corinne54
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Best Songs: A Matter Of Degree, Do The Tragedy
CD Review:

Corinne Curcio's third release, From My Balcony, is a literate, thoughtful, and well constructed effort. All the songs were penned by Corinne who also provided guitar, keyboard, percussion, and vocals. Many of the songs were for the FAWM 2008 challenge, a songwriting challenge that requires the writer to compose 14 songs in 28 days. That's an impressive feat in itself. It's even more impressive that these are some of the best songs on the CD.

Do The Tragedy is a great example. Corinne's witty lyric is especially meaningful to anyone who has raised a teenager with lines like, "Do The Tragedy

Wring your hands

Hand your head

Rend your clothes

Wish you were dead."

Corinne's lyrics can be evocative and descriptive as she describes the world outside her balcony in This Gray Day,

The sun was sighing cause it couldn't keep me warm

The sky was crying

Here comes another storm

So rain won't you wash away all the gray from this day.

The 4 Lads From Liverpool is a salute to the Beatles that manages to reference at least 8 Beatles titles while Swoop the Pterodactyl is an ode to a favorite beanie baby. A Matter of Degree is a gritty look at the city below Corinne's balcony that includes some of my favorite lines on the CD. The title song, From My Balcony, ties it all together,

I see it all with a watchful eye

From my balcony

Best seat in the house

14 stories high

A free show just for me.

From My Balcony is poetically descriptive with rich imagery and strong themes. Corinne's music ably supports her well constructed lyric and the production is clean and crisp. Corinne Curcio is a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with.




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