New England lead singer John Fannon’s Saved All the Pieces CD is a superb 11 track excursion into thick sound, majestic melody and perfect arrangements. “Just You And Me” opens the disc resplendent in Abbey Road Beatles’ musings underscored with remnants of Pink Floyd and a little Melissa Manchester to boot. “Just Run”, co-written with New England bandmate Jimmy Waldo could be Fannon’s old producer, Todd Rundgren, teaming up with him for a post-Utopia ballad. Perhaps the time for a Rundgren/Fannon pairing is long overdue? Fannon actually sounds like Robert Plant meets Peter Gabriel by way of Sutherland Brothers and Quiver on “Just Run.” It’s powerful stuff. The first two tracks are the immediate and hold your attention like few pop albums on the current marketplace, each selection as impressive as the one before.
On “Just Run” it’s post-Beatles “Real Love” guitarmanship, droll, eerie pulsating sublime maneuverings all at once. Very nice indeed. “Go On Your Way” harkens back to early British rock while final track, “So Here I Am”, eloquent in its simplicity. Title track “Saved All the Pieces” a precise John Batdorf sort of bit of insight while “Running Easy”, track 9, expands the theme the title song initiated. It’s a joy to gush when an album has so much to offer and Fannon has hit it out of the park with this one. Phil Greene and Tony Ricci are mentioned in the credits along with Paul Cervone and thanks going out to his colleagues in New England and notable protégé Peter Zicko. It’s a stunning achievement and next to Steve Hunter’s Manhattan Blues Project in my Top 5 for the year so far.
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