EXAMINER.COM praises Son of an American Dream! “With each listening the ten tracks get better and require you to reassess which song is your favorite.”
How many people have followed a career path that was chosen for them rather than chosen by them? “You know a father’s schemes and a mother’s dreams can bring a young man down,” sings singer/songwriter Bill Curreri on the title cut from his new album “Son of an American Dream.” Curreri knows of what he speaks.
Despite a promising future in music, which included a proposed record deal from Mercury Records at age 27, the Greenwich Village, New York City bred Curreri bowed to family pressures and began a successful career in advertising instead. Fast forward nearly four decades later when, at age 63, Curreri finally released an album, the aptly named “Long Time Gone.” He’s now followed up that album with his latest release, “Son of an American Dream.”
With “Son of an American Dream,” Curreri has enlisted the help of a talented cast of New York City based musicians, Roger Fife on bass, Sammy Merendino on drums, Chris Palmaro on keyboards and John Putnam on guitars with Katia Floreska adding background vocals. But despite these musicians’ East Coast roots, “Son of the American Dream” sounds as if it was given birth in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon music scene found in the early 1970’s.
For good reason. By his own admission, Curreri cites the influence of the Byrds and Jackson Browne, among others, artists who migrated to Southern California and are credited with helping create the country rock sound made most famous by bands such as the Eagles. And like a good country rock song, “Son of an American Dream” tracks such as “Hold On To Your Heart,” I’m Alright Now” and “Son of an American Dream,” with their bouncy beat and three part harmonies, are the kind of songs you blast when driving full throttle down an open road with the top down.
It’s said you should write about what you know and Curreri has. Not only do the lyrics found on “Son of an American Dream” draw from Curreri’s personal life, they often contain a double meaning. When speaking about the melodic ballad, “To See You Again” Curreri said, “On the surface it’s a love song but the underlying theme is my love song to music itself. I want to go back, I want to see you again. It’s my love song to going back to music.”
There’s a comfortable familiarity to the songs on “Son of an American Dream,” as if you’ve heard them all before. That’s a good thing. The strength of Curreri’s songwriting ability is that with each listen you compare his work to a different artist. “Hold on to Your Heart,” can make the listener think “that’s the Eagles, no that’s Poco, no wait, that’s Tom Petty.” No, it’s Bill Curreri, but that’s not bad company in which to be compared.
Not that all of the songs found on “Son of an American Dream” are country rock. “Fade Away” with its screeching guitar beginnings and a bass line reminiscent of REO Speedwagon’s “Back on the Road Again,” is just a flat out rocker. Both the haunting “She Still Got a Hold on Me” and “Pain is Coming,” have a jazzy, Steely Dan like vibe to them. “Last Chance for Changes,” is a funk driven, psychedelic plea that if you’re going to change the world, you better do it while you can.
It’s rare when you can listen to an album and not at some point want to hit the “skip” button to move on to the next song. But you just don’t do that when listening to “Son of an American Dream.” With each listening the ten tracks get better and require you to reassess which song is your favorite.
Curreri’s fine work and patience has paid off. The Independent Music Network recently named Curreri its 2014 Favorite Mainstream Male Artist.
We’ll never know what type of impact Curreri would have had on music had he stayed on that path rather than join the corporate world. But had Curreri released “Son of an American Dream” in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s, its songs, while very contemporary in their sound, would be a staple of classic rock radio today. Curreri, by voluntarily setting his invitation aside, may have come a little late to the classic rock party, but he should be welcomed with open arms.
If Curreri has shown anything, it’s that it is never too late to pursue your dreams. As the son of Italian-American immigrants, not only is Curreri the son of an American dream, his pursuit of doing what he loves and being successful at it is the American dream. His tale is worth a listen.
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The review above was taken from examiner.com. You can read the original review here.