Patrick J. Fiore
Album: Small Wooden Room
Genera: Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter
Intro: Have you listed to the Radio lately? Is it me or is something horribly wrong with today’s music. Do you remember when music actually had really instruments in them with real people playing them? No kidding. How about good songwriting performed by artists that not only wrote the music but poured their heat and soul into performing them. Now when one listens to the radio what do you hear: a pretty face, cookie cutter songwriting, crafted via a microphone, some fancy sampling and a mix that sounds more like a commercial than a piece of music. Yes the magic is all but gone from modern-day music, and people are wondering why. Actually there are a few select artists out there that still believe in the power of music. Artists like Pennsylvania’s own Patrick J. Fiore who just released a 12 track collection of songs called “Small Wooden Room.”
Review: I have to say I was extremely impressed with these 3 songs “Soul Sister”, “Time Stands Still” and “Wait For You”. They made quite the impression and each one possessed my full unadulterated attention. To be honest: I expected cheesy Sing Songy Pop that was extremely predictable and shallow in nature – very compatible for a mass audience. Well shame on me! What I discovered was actually quite the opposite. All 3 songs are wonderfully conservative yet full of what I would call positive energy with music that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. A sentence from his bio really hit home: Every song on the album represents Patrick’s growth as an artist, and as an individual. “Small Wooden Room” could be considered a biography of Patrick’s musical discovery. The album’s honesty, dynamic approach, and bold nature craft the foundation of Fiore as an artist, and gives the listener a basis for what they can expect to hear in the future. This is exactly what the album is.
Fiore’s music reminded me of Jack Johnson, Matt Wertz, Amos Lee and of course Dave Matthews without the band. On point of criticism: Sometimes Fiorre sounds more like Dave Matthews on vocal than Dave Matthews – lol. What I really like about Fiore is his ability to make you think via lyrics that come straight from the heart. There’s also no attempt to deliver what I call over the top pop. Cheesy music with a handsome face via top flight sampling, cookie cutter songwriting via a mix that sounds more like a commercial than a piece of music. All 12 tracks appeal to both advanced and novice listeners alike. Whatever kind of listening level you’re on – some will identify with things while others will not. Like a three layered cake Fiore is one artist that has allot of depth and has so much to offer. Whether it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction than rest assured Patrick Fiore is taking us back in the right direction with “Small Wooden Room.”
Final Word: Patrick J. Fiore will affirm your faith in music again. He’s the typical Pop artists but is the real deal songwriter and has an impressive persona and voice – important trademarks of effective pop artists. These latest singles all delivers a highly passionate moments via top flight musicianship, amazing songwriting and music that covers all the bases: Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter.