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On paper, this meeting might seem to be an unlikely collaboration, as keyboardist/sound designer and jingle composer Jane Mangini aligns her faculties with heavy metal guitarist Al Pitrelli. It's an interesting endeavor for sure, as Mangini acts as the central voice throughout this wonderfully constructed production. Here, the listener is treated to a set featuring the keyboardist's melodically tinged compositions and layered arrangements. Ultimately, the duo (along with six guest artists) embarks upon a genre-busting journey that works out rather nicely. Mangini is clearly the anchor, while Pitrelli provides some of the fireworks via his torrid crunch chords and fluent soloing. He also provides a gritty edge to these generally crystalline-sounding pieces, teeming with techno-style beats, jazz, funk, rock, and more. Mangini fuses world music, catchy hooks, and daintily executed synths into the grand scheme of things amid several well-timed twists and turns. At times, the duo comes across as a progressive new age-type outfit, although the strong material and acute musicianship shine forth in grand fashion.
Performance CreditsO'2L Primary Artist
Pitrelli Group Member
Josh Rabinowitz Trombone
Danny Miranda Bass
Jane Mangini Group Member
Aunt Jane Vocals
Diamond Teeth Mary McClain Vocals
Raychel OShea Vocals
Michael Mangini Drum Loop
Technical CreditsSonny Mediana Art Direction
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Winston Philip Engineer
Jane Mangini Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lyle Greenfield Concept
Winston Philips Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What is most impressive about this album is the way the direction subtly, yet intentionally, changes throughout. With very little vocals, other than those sampled to give an almost percussive effect, the individual songs rely completely upon the melody created (primarily piano and keyboards balanced by occasional guitar and horns), the beats laid down and the mood implied. While these songs can be appreciated on their own, it is within the context of the album that their strength becomes apparent. “Cecily” in particular gives life to the album. This is an album that deserves to be listened to.