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East of Angel Town (Bonus Track Version)

Peter Cincotti

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Album Review

Peter Cincotti's 2009 release East of Angel Town is the vocalist/pianist's first album since his 2004 sophomore effort, On the Moon. That album found the onetime neo-crooner moving from jazz standards to more contemporary pop-oriented original material. East of Angel Town finds Cincotti having fully made the crossover move, and fittingly the album features production by crossover Svengali David Foster as well as Humberto Gatica and Jochem van der Saag. Foster has helmed similar efforts from such genre-bending artists as vocalists Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. That said, neither of those artists has ever gone quite as far toward the pop/rock vein as Cincotti does here. Still displaying a knack for jazz and blues-inflected melodies, Cincotti nevertheless dives headlong into the rock world. Tracks such as the sharp-tongued and urbane leadoff title track, with its hard-edged guitar backgrounds and lyrics detailing the superficial lives of N.Y.C. scenesters, bring to mind the theatrical '70s singer/songwriter pop of both Rupert Holmes and Steely Dan. In fact, Steely Dan seem to be the biggest touchstone for Cincotti here. Which isn't to say he rips off them off — on the contrary, as the production on Angel Town is so thoroughly modern, you'd never mistake it for classic Steely Dan. Nonetheless, Cincotti's mix of jazz, blues, and crisply drawn singer/songwriter lyrics clearly draws much inspiration from Steely Dan and other eclectic artists of the '70s and '80s, including Elton John and Billy Joel. Keeping in that tradition, it's not just the rockers, but primarily Cincotti's ballads that really stick in your ears, with both "Lay Your Body Down (Goodbye Philadelphia)" and "Cinderella Beautiful" delivering a warm, melancholy afterglow vibe. Similarly, "Man on a Mission" is a perfect soft rock ballad. Taken as a whole, East of Angel Town is a somewhat sprawling and stylistically varied pop album that finds Cincotti meandering all over the creative map. However, in the world of crossover singer/songwriter pop that's actually kind of the goal, and in that sense Cincotti is right on course.

Customer Reviews

Fantastic

Wow. Peter Cincotti has a knack for it. Again and again I see him producing albums that not only can you listen to all the way through, but releases composed of songs that Sinatra-esque crooner fans all the way down to the pop likeness of Buble and Cullum will enjoy. And the guy's only 25! Goodbye Philadelphia is the big single, and even though its got a more radio-friendly feel, the chorus is sure to bring tears, espeicially if you've lost someone. Cinderella Beautiful is another slow-rock single that uses Cincotti's Elton John-inspired piano chops and a lazy backbeat to make you leave it on Repeat! Thanks Mr. Cincotti for a great release that is just as at home in my car stereo with the top down as it is in the headphones when I'm just chillin'. Fantastic.

Brand new fan — seriously impressed

Just discovered Peter Cincotti last night when he opened for Seal in Boston. Serious chops on this guy — vivid lyrics, gritty and nuanced keyboards, memorable melodic lines, strong and knowing vocals. And as it turns out: He's every bit as good live in concert. Cincotti manages to pluck some of my favorite, meatiest traits from Billy Joel and Elton John, while leaving behind the schlock. I may be a new fan, but I have a feeling I'll be singing Peter Cincotti's praises for a long time to come. I hope he keeps writing, and performing.

Finally in the US!!!!!

My daughter saw Peter Cincotti in concert in Denver in August 2008. We've been waiting a long time to hear the complete album that's been available outside the US for several months. He's a great storyteller with wonderful lyrics and a variety of rhythms. What a voice!

Biography

Born: July 11, 1983 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Peter Cincotti is jazz-influenced pianist and vocalist with a bent toward adult-alternative pop and '70s-influenced rock. Born in the Park Avenue apartment of his parents, Cincotti displayed a talent for music after being given a toy piano by his grandmother at age three, and when he was four he began taking piano lessons. At seven, he attracted the attention of Harry Connick, Jr., who had him sit in at a show at Bally's Grand in Atlantic City, NJ. He studied classical piano at...
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