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Album Review

Ciao Bella's self-titled album strikes a lovely balance between 60s pop touches and the semi-futuristic pop the March label usually deals in — portions of the record do pretty much the same thing the Olivia Tremor Control's Dusk at Cubist Castle do ("How Low"), but the chirpy collages and Beatlesque harmonies of this aesthetic are tempered by big guitar sounds and modern organ usage that give Ciao Bella an entirely different tone.

Customer Reviews

Genius power-pop

This is one of my favorite albums and it breaks my heart that it's the only one of its kind. It's amazingly confident power-pop, like Big Star but with a dreamboat sunkissed California vibe. The tracks that grabbed me were "How Low" and "Details from the Deep End," but this is start-to-finish perfection.

Sublime Pop!

Among the Top 10 Power Pop CD's of the 90's

True Cult Pop Masterpiece

Like the other two reviewers suggest, this is an indie-pop masterpiece, easily one of the best power pop albums of the '90s, and one of my own personal favorite albums of all time. Shame these guys didn't go on to do more like this...


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Alameda, CA-based indie-pop duo Ciao Bella teamed singers/songwriters Mario Hernandez and Jamie McCormick, longtime friends who first joined forces under the name Teeny Hi-Fi for a 1992 single, "Weekend Go." Appearing live on only the rarest of occasions, the duo spent the next several years collaborating in their home studio, finally releasing their first material as Ciao Bella on a 1996 EP on the Winnipeg-based Endearing label. The full-length 1 followed on March Records in 1997, earning the band...
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