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Welcome to the EvO:R Carrera Reviews Section.
I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Bill
Carrera and I am the new music reviewer here at Evor. I wanted to let you know a little
about my thoughts on music. It's important to let the people that I review know how I
think of and listen to music.
First of all I believe that if your music sucks then
the world should know about it! After all, you have the nerve to charge as much for
your stuff as the majors do so it better be pretty damn good, and if it is, I'll also
tell the world. I'll hold nothing back!
King of Monkey Island from Frank Cotolo
"The King Of Monkey Island," (KOMI) Frank Cotolo's long-touted, all-digital
CD, was officially released through Ampcast on July 4 and is now available.
Below is Bill Carrera's review of this work.
Since the mid-1960s Frank Cotolo has been composing and recording
original music. Long retired from live performing, Cotolo continues
to write and produce music that defies genres by breaking down all of
their various boundaries. In the late 1990s he began delivering his
music to a web audience, receiving passionate reviews that applaud
and lambast his efforts. His artistic efforts ensue, along with a
growing fan base.
With three decades of experience in show business, Cotolo has written
books, articles, poems and songs, all published; he has written
material for and acted in performances for stage, screen, radio and
TV; he is an award-winning journalist; and he has produced radio
shows, CDs and recorded material for other artists.
I will be listening to Frank Cotolo's "The King of Monkey Island
(KOMI) for this review...I started off by listening to many of his
songs that are posted on the EvO:R website. I listened to songs like
"I've Died a Thousand Times"- "Westphalia" -
"Nothing, Nowhere" before I listened to the full
"The King of Monkey Island" project .
After my first listen it became obvious
that there is a huge variety of musical flavor sprinkled through his
body of work.
Sometimes it's hard to hear where a musician's influence comes from,
however, with Frank Cotolo this is not the case. I heard wrapped within
the music the influences of Brian Wilson, The Beatles, and even a reminiscent
sound of the vocals of Randy Newman. These were just some of the obvious ones as
Frank takes bits and pieces from many different styles of music and brings them together.
For the KOMI project Frank has done a great job with bringing the influences
of Brian Wilson and John Lennon together (even though they were arch rivals
during their storied history).
The style throughout KOMI easily switches from one to
the other but it is still
all Cotolo. It is a very visual project that is well put together from beginning
to end. In fact, at times it's a soundtrack waiting for a movie to appear.
In many ways it's a children's story through music. It maintains the same theme
all through the 13 songs that comprise the KOMI disc.
Which unfortunately and the
only really bad thing about this project, the carnival organ theme (done also by
other instruments) is in almost every song. Frank does do a good job getting past
that, but the background does get a bit predictable.
My favorite song on the disc is "Bread and Circuses" what a great recreation
of the Beach Boy's sound. I also appreciated the song, "Harbor Days" with the
vocals preformed by, Jack Cotolo, Frank's son, it helps bring a nice feel to
the entire project.
There was plenty of effort put into "The King of Monkey Island" that's very
evident when listening to this fine project. With help from his wife Kristen Cotolo
on vocals and co writer of many songs, plus other talented musicians joining in to make this
an interesting endeavor. It reminds of "Pet Sounds" from the Beach Boys.
"KOMI", at times can
be hard to follow but, with an unmistakable talent behind the concept.
It's easy to tell that Frank has taken plenty of time in the thought process of
his music. In the past working primaraly with a simple 4 track recorder.
Sometimes it is hard to put together a group of songs on a 4 track
and then get the music, where you want it, and how you wanted it to sound. He
has proven he's learned the tricks it takes to get past most of that.
Now that KOMI enters the digital domain we must wonder what is next
for the King of Analogue?
Frank Cotolo has his own remarkable history in the music business, having been touched by
many great talents. His music has been influenced by their work and he has used
that gift to the fullest. Is Frank Cotolo a great musician? I would say most
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