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Uplands Park Road is the new album by the CIRRONE a band from Italy formed by the three brothers Alessandro (vocal, guitar), Bruno (vocal, bass) and Mirko Cirrone (vocal, guitar) and Ferdinando Piccoli (drums).
They compose catchy poprock melodies with a sound that sometimes nods to the seventies but remains firmly implanted in today. It comes as something of a shock to find that the band actually comes from Sicily.
That said, they have packed up their bags and headed out to England and USA, the sound of the sunshine of their home island is mixed together with the genuine rock from Liverpool and New York. this combination creates an unique example of originality, along with a mixture of inspirational sources.
The album was recorded in Italy and mixed in Los Angeles by producer Todd Burke who has successfully given the album the right energy and tension (Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, the Kooks, The Fratellis, No Doubt, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Air, Belle & Sebastians just to name a few) contains 13 eclectic songs, from ballads to uptempo rock and from soft acoustic to introspective moods. Every song is strong enough to stand on its own. Tight harmonies, breathy cool vocals, powerful guitar sections, a fine example of songwriting.
Immediately, upon hearing the album for the first time, you will find that there are many main tunes and the mood of the album is sunny, optimistic and always sincere. "Here Is My Song" opens the album, which is a fresh sunny ballad with a swingy feel that leaves a smile and a warm, summer-wind sensation on your face. The hilarious and rock'n'roll style of "Uplands Park Road", the album title track, is an ironic autobiographic picture of the band living in London, trying to get into the hall of fame without having any money in their pockets.
The mood changes with the introspective and beating "I Still Remember", a guitar is playing in a minor chord and suddenly the song breaks into a thumping and rocky chorus that is reminiscent of "London Calling" by the Clash. The epic enthralling and involving "Brand New Life", the longest track of the album (almost six minutes), is a kind of mini-suite with differing moods and parts with a seventies groove, a fine combination of lyrics and music. In complete contrast, the vortex sound of "You're Not Alone" underlines the versatility of the band. The last song of the album, the delicate and deep soft acoustic ballad "In The Sun" leaves the listener with the desire to put the record on, over and over again...
(Biography supplied by WOMAD Sicily 2011)
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