1. How Will I Know
2. Fly, Little Angel
3. Stay With Me
5. I Know, You Know
6. Cross My Heart
7. Reason To Believe [Live]
8. Most Of Time [Live]
9. What It Means [Live]
10. The Fall [Live]
11. I Give My Heart [Live]
12. Leap of Faith [Live]
John Taglieri returns with this two-sided album. The first half consists of 6 new studio songs, while the second half features 6 songs that either appeared on his debut or will appear on his next album, all in energetic and passionate live versions. The singer/songwriter from New Jersey has found his place and sound and brings you another album to enjoy.
How Will I Know
The album opens with How Will I Know which easily is one of the best songs on the album. With passionate and powerful vocals, John Taglieri brings the inspiring lyrics to life. Musically this song has a catchy melody that invites you to sing along.
Fly, Little Angel
Fly, Little Angel shows a sensitive side of John Taglieri. This emotional, powerful song builds up to the chorus every time and does that in a great way. The vocals are a little rougher and not always perfect, but that actually fits the song. It makes it sound more real, more honest. Fly, Little Angel scores high on my list of favorite John Taglieri songs!
Stay With Me
John Taglieri continues to impress with his next song. Stay With Me is a powerful, musical plea for company that we can all relate to. John Taglieri is one of the few artists who can make these themes, that are used for songs all the time, feel like reality. When you listen to these songs, it’s more than a song. You really think: Yeah, I know what you mean. The way this man evokes the feelings the songs describe is a gift.
The gritter Everyday with the Spanish guitar and latin-like influences has a certain catchiness that works well for John Taglieri. It gives the song energy and though it takes a little getting used to, John Taglieri shows that he has no problem venturing into this direction.
I Know, You Know
I Know, You Know has a rootsy, folky melody and very clear vocals. Probably John’s best song on the album vocally. Well, in general maybe his best song too. The subtle but intelligently composed music and the clear, powerful, slowly built up vocal lines, together work like a whole and are great proof of this man’s ability as a singer/songwriter.
Cross My Heart
The studio half of this album ends with Cross My Heart. The Beatles-like intro is a nice touch and this subtle ballad with focus on the vocals is a great, simple way to end the album that you can see the fans waving their lighters to.
Reason To Believe [Live]
This song that appeared on John’s debut is performed well. It was a song that stuck out on the album, and the live version is strong too. A reason to believe in this musician.
Most Of Time [Live]
Most of Time is a previously unreleased song. The rawness of this song works and gives it plenty of energy. Excellent guitar work. Reminds me a bit of Train and (old school) Vertical Horizon. The convincing and excellent performance makes this song a definite highlight.
What It Means [Live]
And another previously unreleased song, dedicated to someone’s birthday. John says that life is what you make it, and this song perfectly words that. It will appear on John’s next album and I’m glad it will as this is one of the best songs this man has ever written. Great energy, very catchy and lyrics that are very true.
The Fall [Live]
The Fall is one of my all-time favorite John Taglieri songs. The passion and emotion he puts in this song is unrivaled and musically it’s a great song too. The song tells a story of kids who think they’re invincible but later find out it’s not all that simple. With great energy and passion John builds this song up from the ground and gets you involved in it. Not the best recording quality, but this song doesn’t need that anyway. It’ll grab you anyway.
I Give My Heart [Live]
This passionate power ballad is an excellent song. It’s too bad the recording isn’t spectacular but if you can look past that, you will find that this beautiful song has a nice, supporting melody for John’s strong vocals. A proper studio version might do this song more justice though.
Leap Of Faith [Live]
This album ends with the song that started his debut album. A nice touch is the clapping along during the powerful, catchy intro, as it gives the song extra body. The almost a capella start of this song is great and the catchy, energetic song that reminds me of Tonic proves to be a great live song as well.
The acoustic bonus track at the end of the album is a great treat that shows all of John’s talents once again. Great energetic, catchy song with excellent lyrics and strong, yet fragile (emotional) vocals. A true hidden gem.
This 2nd album by John Taglieri with it’s A & B-side shows that he’s grown since his debut album. The songwriting got stronger, the vocals are even purer and the music is a lot tighter. Also John has eased into his own sound more and his songs are ready to be played on radio. Where he was a talented singer/songwriter on his last album, he’s taking big steps to becoming a solid name in the field.