1. Leap Of Faith
3. Reason to Believe
4. First Night
5. I Found You
6. The Two Sides Of Love
7. Can’t You See
8. One More Tomorrow
9. High Road
10. Hold Me Close Tonight
11. Need To Hear
12. Here Without You
John Taglieri is a mainstream rock, singer/songwriter from New Jersey. He is known for his passionate pop/rock tunes and his genuine emotion. “Leap of Faith” is a solid debut that holds a few catchy tunes and shows this musician has plenty of potential.
Leap of Faith
The album starts with the title track. Musically it ranges somewhere between Sister Hazel, Matchbox Twenty, Tonic & Bon Jovi. The driving force are the vocals backed up with the fearless guitar work. It’s only the first track, and not even the best on the album, but already you can hear that John Taglieri gives it his everything, and that gives the song something extra.
Shangri-La is a decent song with good tempo and strong vocals, but I felt that John tried a little to hard sometimes and overdid it slightly. The song is quite catchy however, but isn’t one of the album’s highlights.
Reason to Believe
This third song on the album has been one of my favorites from the start. The catchy song has sensitive vocals and a good interaction between the guitar, keys & drums that apply sensitivity, power and energy at the right times and in the right doses. Production-wise this song could be a little better, but the song itself is a keeper.
At first, I wasn’t a big fan of First Night but I’ve come to love it. The easy-going melody has a kind of charm that warms your heart. It’s not that this song is so brilliant it will be on everyone’s “best songs of the year” lists, but it has a certain genuinity and feel good attitude, with a little bit of a folk/country feel to it that makes it worth listening to.
I Found You
I Found You is probably the best song on the album. The up-tempo tune shows a remarkable catchiness and it gets me to sing along. Maybe some of the things could be a little tighter or something, but John Taglieri easily makes up for that with his passion and energy. You can clearly hear he has fun in what he does and that he believes in what he writes. And that’s a good thing in my book.
The Two Sides Of Love
The Bon Jovi influences can be heard on The Two Sides of Love. But the musician that came to mind right away was Bryan Adams. This song has the same kind of energy and passion and also musically it’s not that far from it. Vocally one of the best songs on the album, and musically one of the tightest. One of the highlights!
Can’t You See
With a little Marc Cohn/Spandau Ballet piano-based power ballad, John Taglieri shows a slightly different side of his talents. The song has the right feel and John’s passionate vocals are perfect for this song.
One More Tomorrow
The brisky, folky One More Tomorrow is without a doubt my favorite track on this debut album. As John sings: “It sends shivers down my spine”. At first I was a little unsure about the female vocals, but they actually work really well. With another artist, maybe I would think the song was kinda cheesy, but with John Taglieri, such a thing is not the case, because you just know that this man means it.
High Road is a nice modern rocker. Slightly reminds me of a poppier version of Aerosmith (wait, isn’t that just what Bon Jovi used to be?), okay, so reminds me of Bon Jovi. But I like it better than Bon Jovi. I don’t have too much against Bon Jovi, but I never really felt their songs, but with John T. I do not have that problem. If he sings something, I can feel it. That’s why I like this song. Great roadtripping song too.
Hold Me Close Tonight
And John Taglieri seems to have warmed up, because Hold Me Close Tonight is another great song, where everything just falls into place. Convincing vocals, good tempo and energy and powerful drums make this song another highlight.
Need To Hear
I keep asking myself what song it is that Need To Hear reminds me of, but I still haven’t figured it out, so maybe it’s just good songwriting that makes it sound familiar. The song has potential, for sure and the more I listen to it, the catchier it seems to get.
Here Without You
Here Without You is a nice way to end this album. A typical John Taglieri song. Good songwriting and powerful vocals. This ballad lets “Leap of Faith” come to a gentle close that suits it very well.
John Taglieri shows a lot of talent and potential. The man is a fine songwriter and good vocalist. His passionate vocals and honest appearance make the songs better. This singer/songwriter isn’t there yet, but he has the tools to make it far. “Leap of Faith” is a good start in the journey to the top.