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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: Drew and Sandra: Two Hearts. One Love
  • Genre: Pop/Easy
  • Buy Music: Drew and Sandra at CD Baby
  • Buy Music: ALL Drew Pizzulo CD's at CD Baby
  • Listen Music: iTunes
  • Buy Music: Reverb Nation
  • Social Media: Face Book
  • Rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars
  • Review by: Charles Harrelson
  • Edited by: Charles Harrelson
  • Review Comments: bendem56@yahoo.com

    Artist History:
    As a solo artist, Pizzulo has released 14 international 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:
    This is the third CD I have reviewed from Drew Pizzulo. Pizzulo has 14 CD's available for sale at CD Baby. He has enough CD's to open a music kiosk in a major shopping mall. Independent artist's rearly have the staying power (or material) to have 14 CD's to his/her credit. I can only name a few major artist's with more. Drew's ability to reinvent himself says much about his devotion to his craft and the love he gets from devoted fans through the years. It does make it easier to release a number of CD's when you record a couple new songs and fill the CD with songs from prior release. This is the case with this offering. New fans to Drew Pizzulo may not realize the recyling of songs but longtime followers will be dissapointed to know only a few songs are new.

    Drew's bio says he was American born but he still has a very distinct accent. This only adds to the emotion when Drew sings one of his many love stricken ballods. His reverb drenched vocals, infectious smile and steamy Italian accent make him the perfect object of desire for many dreamy eye females. Compared to such ballodiers as Barry Manilow, Rob Thomas, John Denver and John Mayer. I don't agree with the comparison when I listen to Drew. He has his own unique style and sound. I would compare him favoribly to the likes of romantic International vocalist Julio Iglesias. Pizzulo is truely one of a kind. Another good comparison would be to tune on Uni-Vision ( broadcasting spanish language programs) at night when they have a variety show on. Wait for the new up and coming heart throb vocalist to be introduced. You will find this to be a very close comparion to what you can expect from a Drew Pizzulo release. Pizzulo is listed under the genres - Pop/Rock, Easy Listening, Adult Contemporary and Christian on CD Baby and Gospel and Pop at i-Tunes. This should give you an instant idea of what to expect when you listen to Drew's music.

    This CD was a collection of the many greatest hits from Drews vast collection of releases. As I was listening to the music I started hearing a number of familiar songs. As it turns out, Drew and Sandra has 12 total songs, most of which are from prior CD's which I have already reviewed. The highlight for listeners has to be "Favorite Girl" and "This is Our Chance." Both songs are dedicated to his wife, Sandra.

      / Creation   / * Favorite Girl   /A Moment Can Change Everything   / Every Word I Say   /A Love Song   /* This is Our Chance   /Am I?   /I Need Love   / Can't Stop   /She's My Girl   /I'm In Love With You   /* Come With Me   /
    In the Studio:
    Since most of these songs have already been released and reviewed I won't review the studio. Overall each song stands on it's own as well recorded material sung by a once in a lifetime vocalist.

    As I said on my prior reviews of Drew Pizzulo, I wish the engineers would give up on drenching his voice in reverb. It takes away from the vocal performance and causes listener fatique. I challenge the studio engineer to go back to the original studio masters and remix one of Drew's songs. This time with 80% of the reverb removed and listen to how this one detail can open up the sound stage and create an amazing listener experience. If Drew is going to reissue older songs on new releases then experiment with the studio mix to give fans and new listeners another great experience. Drew's voice is good enough to stand on it's own without all the smaltzy effects.

    Drew works his vocal magic with passion and intensity. He sounds comfortable with his sound and has enough experience making records to settled into a sound all his own. I would love to have Drew step out of his comfort zone and expand into other styles of music. Think about the career of Rod Stuart who was entrenched in the blues before becoming a rocker, a singer of ballods then reinvented his sound again in the 80's to be more dance oriented. Then he reinvented himself again covering jazz standards. I think Drew should step out of that comfort zone and do some reinventing. His loyal fans might enjoy the change.

    If you love a good ballod and a vocalist to deliver a perfect performance Drew Pizzulo is the answer. My only issue was the studio used too much reverb for the vocals. I would love to hear a more stripped down version of a couple songs for comparision. I suspect the results would be amazing. Maybe even grounds for yet another CD...Drew Pizzulo Remastered .

    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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