Electro de Perfecto

Electro de Perfecto

by Mike Viola


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Electro de Perfecto

After years of failed efforts to engage the major-league recording industry (which has never been especially enthusiastic about the sort of smart, edgy pop that's his stock in trade), Mike Viola seems to have resigned himself to having a cult following, which isn't a bad thing as far as his art is concerned. As Viola has adjusted his expectations, he's allowed more of his personal quirks to rise to the surface, and 2011's Electro de Perfecto demonstrates he still writes pop melodies to die for but also has some neuroses that make for compelling, darkly witty listening. Electro de Perfecto was recorded with Viola on guitar, Sean Hurley on bass, and Victor Indrizzo on drums, and they're a tight, tuneful, and lively rhythm section who bring Viola's tunes to scrappy life, with the performances hitting a grace note between new wave-ish power pop, lovely Beatles-influenced melodicism, and tuneful but unvarnished rock & roll. As for the lyrics, there are a few unabashed love songs here, particularly the gorgeous "Soundtrack of My Summer" (which in a just world would be a hit single) and "Get You Back," but Viola spends more time peering into a variety of insecurities and obsessions: a misfit's need to be loved ("I sing about love, but I don't really know what it is," he confesses in "El Mundo de Perfecto"), various slow paths to self-destruction ("Closet Cutter" ponders addiction and self-mutilation while name-checking the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Kim Fowley, and the title to "Me and My Drinking" sums it up nicely), one man's failures with both romance and cocaine ("Here's the Rub"), and unfortunate romantic obsession (sleeplessness feeds a man's troubling thoughts of his ex in "When the Stars Are Against You"). But Viola's fascination with the trickier side of human nature isn't morbid, but the work of a good storyteller who isn't interested in an easy out, and this is pop music that's as hummable as you could hope for while dealing with the sticky matters of the grown-up heart and soul, portrayed with a clear eye and admirable intelligence. Electro de Perfecto might not be the cheeriest album of Viola's career, but it's great music from a songwriter who is as brave as he is gifted.

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Release Date: 10/04/2011
Label: Hornblow
UPC: 0020286160229
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 100876

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