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Album Review

Seventeen-year-old singer/songwriter Dave Melillo will make you wish you were in high school — or at least at an age where summers are still carefree days of wasting time with friends and navigating through butterflies-in-the-stomach relationships. His earnest Drive-Thru debut, Talk Is Cheap, is an acoustic and piano-tinged homage to restless youth that is ready for the embracement of his pop-punk brethren — and not just the ones going through excruciating break-ups. It's hardly a shock that Jamie Wisner, the man behind the controls for Dashboard Confessional's first albums, produced the EP. His skill is perfect for the job, as Melillo's music is based in the same school of heartfelt rock that can simultaneously burst with bright passion on one track and strip back down to an emoting voice and six-strings on the next. As is the case, the EP sounds like the result of early Dashboard and the Starting Line blended into one fresh-faced emo milk shake with a touch of the Rocket Summer's boyish charm sprinkled on top for taste. Though the styling is similar, it's this combination that keeps the young songwriter a step past being another sulking Chris Carrabba acoustic clone: Basically, he just seems happier. Of course, love still hurts ("Sam's Song," "Morris County Blues"), but it's when Melillo unaffectedly addresses more age-specific topics like moving on past high school and appreciating one's youth that he shines. Quirky keyboards and handclaps help "Vatican Roulette" explore the awkwardness of a guy losing his virginity by following the naïve bravado of the drunken, noteworthy night, while "Knights of the Island Counter" is simply a summery ode to being young and enjoying life. Simple and pretty straightforward in his delivery, the not-yet-legal Melillo still has room to grow past the obvious hallmarks driving Drive-Thru's roster and the Dashboard Confessional branch of emo. But he's just getting started, and Talk Is Cheap is encouraging in that he has already found more to say outside of yesterday's broken heart.

Customer Reviews

Dave!

i had no idea he actually was a singer on his own before ciwwaf! He is so good. Him and Shaant should definitely sing together on at least one song..he is great

Amazing

this guy is totally amazing i love all his songs. Sam's song is my favorite. i really recomend this album. you could listen to it amillion times and never get tired of it. (ive listen to sams song 372 times) Dave you rock keep makin more!!!! <3 !!!

DAVE WE MISS YOU!

Dave we really miss you--even though you add alot to CIWWAF - I really hope you keep making great music and eventually go back to your "solo carreer"!

Biography

Born: June 12, 1988 in New Jersey

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Singer/songwriter Dave Melillo (pronounced Mah-lil-loh) was born on June 12, 1988, spending his early years soaking up music in his New Jersey home before his family later moved to Celebration, FL. Performing early on in local musicals, Melillo started to take songwriting much more seriously following his family's relocation to the Sunshine State. Encouraged by his parents to explore music, he grew up listening to artists like Billy Joel, Meat Loaf, and Bruce Springsteen; Melillo eventually discovered...
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