John Taglieri – ‘Lives’ (ep)
Released in 2009
John Taglieri - Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars
Brad Whitley - Guitar, Vocals
Seth Faulk - Drums & Percussion, Vocals
Mike Toccillo- Bass, Vocals
1.) “Intro” - Instrumental
2.) “Ferris Wheel” –If I am not mistaken I hear three different instruments playing three different arrangements through the intro section. This will become the main foundation for the entire track. There is a small vocal line over the top of the keyboard arrangements. There is a small horn connecting the musical intro with the musical pre-verse. Seth & Mike play a very simple drum & bass line underneath John’s vocals through the pre-verse. For the musical verse the guys incorporated an electric rhythm guitar riff to fill-in some of the emptiness of the keyboards. John kicks-in a very heavily distorted guitar. There is a small musical rest that consisted of a vocal line connecting the first chorus with the second verse. Underneath John’s vocal lines of the second verse the band added several accented lead licks. John used these to give the second verse ambiance. There is a very cool tom-tom rhythm connecting the second chorus with the lead guitar solo. It sounds as if the lead guitar solo was twined to give a dual guitar effect. After the solo the song got quite intense all the way up through the outro.
3.) “Breathe” –John opens this intro playing one measure of an acoustic guitar rhythm. The one measure consisted of the same acoustic rhythm only underneath an electric guitar playing the same riff. There is a huge cymbal crash to connect the musical intro with the musical verse. The musical pre-verse consists of just acoustic guitars and vocals. There are a couple little rhythm guitar effects underneath the vocal lines. These effects are accent effects for John’s vocals. The band kicks the song in at this point within the arrangement. As the verse progresses it builds-up to a huge hook. There is a small rhythm change for the musical pre-chorus and chorus. John wrote a sweet hook for this chorus. There is a lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse. Underneath the lyric lines of the second verse John plays several lead licks to accent the verse. The main lead guitar solo is actually after the third chorus. There is a second minor lead solo that runs underneath the last chorus and through the outro.
4.) “Make A Mistake With Me” – This track opens with a small keyboard effect before going into a rhythm guitar riff. There is a small keyboard riff that connects the musical intro with the musical pre-verse. The musical verse consists of a musical change. For the lead vocal sound John pulls off the best Jon Bon Jovi impersonation. In fact, if the guys ever wanted to go back to that early Jovi sound just give me a call and I can hook you up. The musical arrangements have a much laid back feel to them. There is a small keyboard riff connecting the musical verse with the musical pre-chorus. The vocals of the chorus have that Taglieri fans have come to love. The second pre-chorus consisted of a few musical rests that had vocal lines running over the top of them. The hooks of this track are amazing and are the main reason why it does not need a lead guitar solo.
5.) “The Lives Of Splattered Flies” – This track opens with a fairly standard rock intro. There is a small arrangement change for the musical verse. The way the electric guitar of the musical verse was arranged allows the acoustic guitar to bleed through. There is a small musical rest with a vocal line connecting the verse with the chorus. There is a musical rest connecting the first chorus with the second verse. There is a vocal line over the top of this musical rest. The second musical verse consisted of an electric guitar arrangement over the top of an acoustic guitar arrangement. This track has got a solid musical groove to it. There is a small musical change leading intro the last chorus. This musical change consisted of only vocals and guitar.
6.) “With You I Want To Be” –This intro basically consisted of a rhythm riff over the top of two snare fills. The rhythm riff follows along with the snare fills. The musical verse consists of a piano arrangement over the top of a strange effect. For the musical pre-chorus John completely change the rhythm and added a very huge hook. This hook continues through the musical chorus. For the second verse John added a small orchestrated arrangement. During the second pre-chorus there are a couple lyric lines that really shows John’s vocal; abilities. There is a small abstract bridge that connects the second & third choruses.
7.) “Farewell” – This track opens with an acoustic guitar intro. The band kicks the song-in for the musical verse. For the musical verse John basically used the acoustic guitar and stacked an electric guitar over the top and a bass & drum line underneath. There is a small arrangement change for the musical chorus. There is a small tom-tom fill connecting the first chorus with the second verse. The melody of this track has a very basic & simple sound to it. The music notes leading into the lead guitar solo really did not fit with this song. For the outro I would have like to have heard the song end with a fade-out of only John singing the chorus.
8.) “Epilogue” - Instrumental
This CD is the first installment of a four CD series based on the book The Lives Project. Each song is based on one chapter of the book. Though I’ve not read the book yet, I know John well enough to say the songs follow the chapter’s %100. The release contains six songs and two instrumentals. The way John wrote the songs makes them not only part of a concept however; they also could be played as standalone tracks. So you could in reality by the CD and not even listen to it not knowing it is a companion to a book. I think over the years I’ve reviewed just about all if not all of John’s CD and this is the first one where his vocals don’t sound like what you’re used to hearing. This just shows you how talented of a vocalist he is! This is and will be an amazing project!!!