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FREDERICO BRUNO

A GENTLEMAN LOSER

2012

 

TALES FROM A SMOKY BAR

 

 

If a vibe could sell an album then I would buy this release by Italian acoustic songwriter Federico Bruno immediately.

 

 

 

If you are someone who loves the sound as well as the mythology of smoky bars, cigarettes, whisky and wine; and the thought of simpler times, with songs sung from the heart with a sleazy, bluesy flavour then this should be something you will want to check out.

 

 

 

Imagine a room where ghosts of the past sit drinking round a table telling tales of heartbreak and alcohol: where Tyla shares a bottle with Johnny Thunders, Exile-era Stones plays in the background and Nikki Sudden steals your beer and you get a picture building up.

 

 

 

Frederico’s songs and whisky soaked vocals are good and they demand a listen if only because not too many out there do this sort of thing this well anymore.

 

 

 

Opener “Burning Star” had me searching for comparisons and there’s certainly a Stonesy quality but the closest I can get is the old French act Jet Boys who did this kind of thing so well, and the comparison seems to hold up with the blues/country  flavour here and on later standout track “Troubles”.

 

 

 

The heart of the album though really does recall Tyla and The Dogs D’Amour especially on songs like title track  “Gentleman Loser”, “Ain’t It Right” and “Dancing In The Rain”: all of which shine through the smoke.

 

 

 

So if you yearn for music that has a certain simplicity and authenticity and love to keep a bottle close you will love this. Bravo!

 

 

 

By Mark Diggins