“It’s rare to find an artist that can… reflect on life and its challenges while still allowing that circumspect to resonate with listeners… Each of the songs in (Hard Road Home)…. are driving and dynamic… Clearly, Hard Road Home is a route well worth pursuing.”—Lee Zimmerman
It’s rare to find an artist that can ruminate and reflect on life and its challenges while still allowing that circumspect to resonate with listeners. After all, one’s own experiences don’t necessarily conform to the circumstances others encounter. As a result, sharing one’s own life lessons could be seen not only as overly indulgent but as having an alienating effect on the very people he or she is trying to inspire. Fortunately, Bill Curreri has managed to solve that conflicting dilemma. His new album — and third outing to date — tellingly-titled Hard Road Home, comes across as a concept effort of sorts, one that finds him grappling with the inevitable situations that accompany a life lived large — failed relationships, the quest for self-fulfillment, the need to balance earlier idealism with the wisdom brought forth through maturity and manhood, all while maintaining a positive outlook even in the face of adversity. As its title suggests, Hard Road Home doesn’t offer easy answers, and yet each of the songs in the set finds Curreri reflecting on the past with clear candor and deep deliberation. Happily though, for all its internal analysis, its songs are driving and dynamic, each a rallying cry that ought to elicit immediate interest and response. “Love Gone Wrong,” “Hard Road Home,” “Still Running,” “Heart of Stone” and the like are, for all their cautionary conceits, rollicking and robust. Clearly, Hard Road Home is a route well worth pursuing.
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The review above was taken from American Songwriter Magazine. You can read the original review here.