CD REVIEW: Steve Cerilli - Bigger Shoes
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT
Artist: Steve Cerilli
Step back with me into the 70s, that fun, positive web of horns and piano, where songs like ‘Sunset’ flourished with aaaaahhh-ah... Yes, a little ‘Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart’ is in there too. And the opener, ‘Sugarbird’, is as close as you can get to a classic 60s tune (I can’t for the life of me remember the title of). But it’s lazy (not slow), it’s piano and it’s rhythm on someone’s Levi-covered knee, it’s a smooth vocal, and an acoustic guitar in the hallway having fun matching the riffs of what’s coming out of the room. Dress up Lennon with some positive vibes, a bit of the simple but clean and understanding production from his 1980 album, and you’ll stir up a bit of ‘State of Mind’. Steve’s wonderful ability of songwriting is being able to show how to create good pop without the lavish production seemingly so needed on the big labels. I mean, take ‘Things Will Get Better’, which is really nothing but drums, piano, guitar and vocals, and pretty sparse on all fronts, like a couple of friends getting together for a demo, but they’re sounding and recording professionally. Really, you’ve got to go back to Janis Joplin and some Capt. and Tenille and etc. to figure out what I’m saying. Or you could do it the easy way and buy some Cerilli, open a window and wait for no one to complain.
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