Artist: Patrick J Fiore
CD: Small Wooden Room
While it is true many feel the music industry is in disarray, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their musical expression. With Pennsylvania’s Patrick J Fiore and his latest musical installment “Small Wooden Room” it’s clear to me he has surpassed what many consider to be the a-typical musical release.
Fiore’s homespun blend of roots rock, Americana and soul brings you back. The result is a rich musical stew, with ingredients from righteous organ to intimate Acoustic Guitar, a nice bottle of wine and perhaps everything in between. As a testament to its timelessness, the lead off track “Soul Sister”. From beginning to end “Small Wooden Room” gives us an acoustic/pop anthem with a string of catchy songs that will keep the listener mesmerized and fully entertained. Also present are messages that are uplifting and a vibe that is unmistakably, well “Patrick J. Fiore”. Fiore combines many impressive musical styles: like smooth Pop of the 90’s through today and blues, with a splash of traditional Soul Rock, and yep even a smig’ of Jazz. Music is timeless. Influences may include the usual suspects John Mayer, The Band, and even Eric Clapton. I can also hear Jason Mraz, Coldplay, Dave Matthews and John Mayer.
Some pieces I really like are “Time Stand Still”, “Bless the Man”, “Wait For You” and “One Heart” with their powerful yet simplistic messages. Many tracks expand the possibilities as a radio hit in the making. The production though conservative is top notch and the playing from all other band members is spot on. One can some impressive fretwork from Fiore that is commendable. Fiore creates a soothing sonic sound that will make virtually any listener feel right at home. As a vocalist, he delivers a gifted vocal timber as he glides with precision with just enough in the way of technicalities, yet not neglecting soul and twang on the side. Many DIY vocalist should model singing their style after Fiore as he sounds very comfortable within his own skin. On many tracks Fiore performs a multitude of impressive vocal performances and solid rhythm guitar playing as well. If you like Jack Johnson to Jason Mraz to Joe Ely I think it’s safe to say you will tumble for Patrick J. Fiore.
Much of Fiore‘s artistry goes beyond traditional playing and songwriting. Lyrics are also an important component for me whenever I listen and review music. In this aspect he paints you a brilliant visual story between the spoken word and his musical messages of hope, love and the love of life itself. “Small Wooden Room” delivers amazing music for all the senses ad really has no boundaries – like the road of life itself. The music of Patrick J. Fiore personifies the journey of life itself.
Rating 4/5 Stars