The second installment of the Lives Project features another short novel by Gil Gonzalez and another accompanying EP by John Taglieri. More about the storyline later on, lets talk some music first.
The first song, “After Farewell”, builds on energy and frustration. The more you listen to the song the catchier it gets and it is a good way to start this short album. It has elements that remind you of the late 60s/early 70s but also 90s elements and a whole lot of current rock elements (along the lines of Vertical Horizon & Everclear). Taglieri’s powerful vocals and intense performance give this song the edge it needs to really shine.
The EP continues with an obvious single candidate. The radio-friendly “Something Easy” has an easy-to-remember chorus and cut-to-the-chase lyrics. It’s one of those songs that is really easy to like. Nothing too crazy.
The semi-acoustic “Look At Me” is one of the prettiest songs on the EP. Slightly reminiscent of Train and contemporaries, it’s a song that is right up Taglieri’s alley. With catchy hooks, powerful vocals and an honest and intense performance he makes a direct connection with the listener.
“No More Rules” is a bit grittier and the drums take on a very important and prominent role in this song. Because this song has more of an edge this could be one of those ‘rock out songs’, especially when performed live. Good energy, good intensity.
The emotionally performed powerpop in “Not A Day Goes By” has a great build-up and strong lyrics that look upon the reflection of a relationship by the story’s main character. The song portrays what goes on in the character’s mind and can’t we all relate to this?
An acoustic, slightly folky ending to this EP with “Say These Words” surprises me. I love it to pieces but I just wasn’t expecting it for some reason. It’s a little different from what I’m used to from John Taglieri, but the song has a lot of character and personality and is a very suiting end to this 2nd installment of the Lives Project.