Jason Vitelli ~ No Photographs
Date: Saturday, June 06, 2009 @ 18:15:57 UTC
Artist: Jason Vitelli
CD: No Photographs
Home: Brooklyn, New York
Style: Pop / Blues / Jazz
Quote: "Vitelli is a talented and capable vocalist, he is also a romantic and a poet, and Harry Connick Jr. better watch his back, 'cause heís not the only sensitive crooner on the block anymore."
By J. Turner
Vitelli incorporates a variety of genres on this record, from blues ("June"), jazz ("Morning Sun"), folk ("Long Way") and my personal favorite, soft rock. My favorite song, "Last Rites," falls into the latter category and stuck with me like leather car seats in the summertime. I thought Vitellti did a great job with the arrangements, and the string sections were well-placed and timely.
Another solid track was "Broken." I particularly enjoyed the melody, and it sounded like something Train or Counting Crows might record, and if thatís not a good enough reason to check it out, Vitelli also rhymes a lyric with "head full of piss."
I had mixed feelings about "Locked." The ghostly guitars and ambient noises on the track were fantastic. However, the broodingly, indie-flick inspired direction the song seemed to be headed in never fully materialized. Still, it would definitely have a home on my iPod.
Throughout the album Vitelli also demonstrates a vast-reaching vocal range, including some Five For Fighting-esque falsetto on several tracks and the talking-over-the-music-rather-than-singing style made popular by David Byrne.
As with strawberries and jumbo shrimp, there are many ways to enjoy No Photographs, but there are three things I know for sure; Vitelli is a talented and capable vocalist, he is also a romantic and a poet, and Harry Connick Jr. better watch his back, 'cause heís not the only sensitive crooner on the block anymore.
Artist Website: http://www.myspace.com/jasonvitellimusic