Released on: Onori Entertainment. Release Date: Available now.
Having seen Onori with The Sweet on three occasions and with Heaven + Earth - Sadly only - once, he is a more than solid drummer!
This new album actually features two songs from the ‘Three Wishes’ album redone, in ‘American Fighters’ and ‘Come Together We’re the U.S.A.’ which was originally titled simply ‘We’re the U.S.A.’
All the songs presented here were written by Richie Onori and he also sings, plays guitar, drums and harmonica on here.
Not bad huh?
On Sax Chris Mostert, Trumpet work by Bill Lamb, Mark Josephson on violin and the list goes on with many more including a whole host of background singers - Sorry I didn't include everyone's name, on credits alone I could've gone on quite a bit! - so you get the picture, a lot went into this folks! Phew!
Richie’s vocal here is considerably edgier than on his last album, ‘Days of Innocence’ which was what he had told me was his intention with this album last year, when I chatted with him before a local Sweet gig in the Detroit area.
It’s certainly a much rockier affair from the get go this time around and I like it!
‘Power To The People’ is like a rallying of the troops call, for people to stand up for what they believe in and not be pushed around and it really has a lovely hook guitar riff that pops up again and again, edgy and a sweet lick!
It’s quite possible that people may not be too sure of Richie’s vocal, but it’s kind of unique and cool to me.
‘Hey You (You’d Better Think Again)’ is next and again there’s a message to the song.
It’s kind of a funky rocking groove on the opening two numbers, that may not grab you right away, but really got my attention to want to listen to it again and then again. It’s got something, that’s rocky yet perhaps a little eclectic.
That said the chorus line doesn’t follow the same path and it’s a pretty basic, straight forward catchy chorus.
I love the intermittent guitar wailing throughout though, tasty playing.
Something also that Richie has in abundance throughout the choruses is big harmony vocals.
Clearly another rallying song as well..
It’s one of those songs too that when you hear it, I’d go so far as to say if this suddenly got a little radio play, it could really get people’s attention and a chance that maybe, just maybe it could be a hit. When you hear it, you’ll know exactly what I mean.
It has a solid chug along groove throughout, even with maybe a nod to Pink Floyd with the songs layers throughout.
The chorus is driven with some funk rocking B3 and once more big choral vocal, borderline gospel.
This was what I meant about the eclectic feel to the album too.
It is a retro vibe without any doubt, but what Richie has captured here has a kind of uniqueness about it that makes it interesting to want to listen to it again and – for me – again.
It’s kind of like the album’s epic track with it’s up, down changes throughout.
I kind of get the sense that maybe this is Richie’s (Bruce) Springsteen album, with its vibe throughout and the various messages that go with that.
So I never mean to insult any artist when I cross reference anyone else, I’m simply giving them a little pointer in my view.
Some people may not get his voice at once, but give it a chance with the sound he has here, you just maybe glad you did!
I love the albums he has played on, but as with many musicians there comes a time when they just want to do their thing and I thing Richie has more than earned that right to do just that.