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    Welcome to the EvO:R Independent CD Reviews Section.
    I would like to take a few minutes to introduce ourselves to everyone. The EvO:R review section features reviews from various independent musicians that submit material for our consideration.

    I wanted to let you know a little about our review teams collective thoughts on music. It's important to let the people we review know what we think of their music and how we listened to their creations.

    We hold nothing back! The team has been instructed to be honest and respectful of all CD's reviewed.
    The EvO:R CD Review Team
  • Artist: Drew Pizzulo
  • Album: Once Upon a Song
  • Genre: Pop/Easy
  • Buy Music: CD Baby
  • Listen Music: iTunes
  • Buy Music: iTunes
  • Social Media: Face Book
  • Rating:8.5 out of 10 stars
  • Review by: Charles Harrelson
  • Edited by: Charles Harrelson
  • Review Comments: bendem56@yahoo.com



    Artist History:
    Drew Pizzulo is an American born singer/songwriter whom since the age of 8 years old has written in the genres of Alternative, Blues, Country, Easy Listening, Jazz, Holiday, Pop, Religious, Rock, R&B and Techno. In college, Drew added to his resume by joining "MDP", a short lived but popular cover song band at Hofstra University for two years of "Battle of the Bands." In addition, Pizzulo also made musical guest appearances on the popular Hofstra TV comedy show "TNL". The show helped to create his first music video “Dancing Alone”, which would later become a YouTube fan favorite.

    As a solo artist, Pizzulo has released 12 internatiional albums of original material. His Internet chart success includes well over a dozen #1 hits, along with several other Top 10 singles on Betarecords.com, Pittradio.com and Radioindy.com. 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, Rick Barclay, Ed Kamenitzer & Donnie Klang in creating background arrangements for his original solo work.


    The Review:
    Want a lesson to how to sing to the ladies? Listen to this CD and take notes. Drew Pizzulo has an amazing voice. His sound is similar to what you would hear on late night spanish televison stations as they bring out the hot looking heart throb to sing a ballod for the ladies who sat through an hour of poor comedy skits and tired interviews to get to the main event.

    I noticed on iTunes that Drew was compared to Lionel Richie, Barry Manilow and Rob Thomas. He was listed as recmmended if you like Barry Manilow, John Denver and John Mayer on CD Baby. All those singers can belt out a heartfelt love song. He is also listed under the genres - Pop/Rock, Easy Listening, Adult Contemporary and Christian on CD Baby and Gospel and Pop at iTunes. This should give you an instant idea of what to expect when you listen to Drew's music.

    I am not a huge fan of the Pop music genre but Drew works it with passion and intensity. He sounds comfortable with his sound and has enough experience making records to settled into a sound all his own. One look at Drew's Artist page (Here) reveals someone who has released a dozen self-titled CD's. This latest CD Once Upon a Song is crafted by a seasoned recording veteran at the peek of his career.


    Pacing:
    Weaving music from one song to the next is an important feature when making an album. Having the right songs back to back to back help keep the listening audience more focused on the overall project. The art of pacing has started to become a lost art as music is listened to on small hand held devices. In many cases the playback is set to random or shuffle play. As a result chance creates pacing, not the studio. Since this is an album review I am reviewing the music, the pacing and the sound quality.

    Drew Pizzulo has had years of experience making music. He also knows how to pace the album. The individual songs flow from one to the next with carefull consideration to the pacing from one song to the next.
    Music:
    Creation  /   A Moment Can Change Everything  /   Nothing More to Say  /   Left Out  /   Am I?  /   I Need Love  /   Can't Stop  /   A Love Song  /   Sleep Together  /   Dancing Alone  /   Song from Hell  /   Catch-22  /   She's My Girl  /   Your Not Mine  /  
    In the Studio:
    Drew's voice is amazing but his production is living in the late 80's. Drew's vocals are drenched in reverb to the point he sounds like any spanish male ballod singing vocalist you might hear on UniVison. Using reverb on vocals is a vital means to create a huge wall of sound. It is also used to cover up for a weak vocalist. Drew is not singing spanish ballads nor is he a poor vocalist so the producer should have recorded his voice to be front and center in the sound stage without all the effect. Only using vocal effects to enhance phrasing and add some width to his vocals. Drew's voice is good enough to stand on it's own without all the smaltzy effects.

    As for the songs? I felt many of them had a pre-programmed feel to them. Kind of like great karaoke. I did not get a feeling that musicians beard their souls while playing. It was as if they were simply reading charts and tring to be prefect.


    Conclusion:
    If you love a good ballod and a vocalist to deliver a perfect performance Drew Pizzulo is the answer. He sounds like an International super star who knows he has what it takes to own a listening audience. The recording was pristine and the delivery was spot on. My only issue was the studio used too much reverb in for the vocals.

    This was a top drawer offering sang by a top notch singer. This CD rates 8.5 stars out of 10.

    Review by: Charlie Harrelson
    Edited by: Heather Savage
    Review Comments: bendem56@yahoo.com

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