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Granati Brothers - 2002 The Continuing Adventures Of The Granati Bros

ARTIST: Granati Brothers
ALBUM: The Continuing Adventures Of..
LABEL: Three Twins Records
YEAR: 2002


LINEUP: Herman Granati - lead vocals, keyboards * Joey Granati - lead vocals, keyboards, bass * David Granati - lead vocals, guitars * Ricky Granati - percussion * Tony Lee Bonomo - drums, vocals

Additional Performances: Korel Tunador - soprano sax * Tracy Whorton - percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 Resolution * 02 About Each Other * 03 Keep On Keepin On * 04 The Sun In Your Eyes * 05 Oh Darlin' * 06 True History * 07 The Sun The Wind And The Sand * 08 Middle Of The Night * 09 Listen For A Change * 10 We Were Alone * 11 The Poor House Of Love * 12 Tuesday * 13 Something Better * 14 Words Are Powerful * 15 Serenity


I guess not many of our G-DAZE readership will have heard of the Granati Brothers. Unless of course, you live in the greater Pittsburgh area, or you have an encyclopediac memory of 1970/1980's discography. Previously known as the Granati Brothers during the 80's, and renamed as G-Force during the 90's, the family band plus hangers-on return in the new decade simply known as 'G'. The band's earthy style of rock fuses their 'classic rock flavour' with a hint of quirkiness and a twist of bubbly pop. The band primarily made up brothers Hermie, Joey, David, Ricky plus cousin Tony Lee Bonomo all bring their individual strengths together, to come up with a fun-filled adventure of 15 flavoursome tracks.

The Songs
There's lots of variety on this 70 minute platter, perhaps a bit too much to digest at first listen, but since it's a comeback of sorts, it provides the punters with value for money. Quirkiness abounds on the rampant pop anthem 'About Each Other'. 'The Sun In Your Eyes' harks back to the radio era of The Outfield as does the guitar aggression of 'Listen For A Change', though not as over-produced obviously. They also do a hit-up of The Beatles track 'Oh Darlin' to reinforce the retro approach. 'Middle Of The Night' is a majestic and powerful mid-tempo workout, the lead vocals in particular are great. 'We Were Alone' is a laid back piece, drifting effortlessly on a sea of atmospherics and acoustics - not unlike soft rock specialists Firefall. 'Resolution' is a grandiose piece, with a 60's flavour, while as a contrast, 'The Poor House Of Love' has so much vibe going on, sounding like you've stumbled across a double billing of The Tubes and Mothers Finest at a blues club! The overblown pomp overtones sound great on 'Tuesday'.. this one will get fans of 80's radio rock interested. 'G' get cranky on 'Something Better', the electrics cutting up rough on this one. They close out with the rather nice melodic instrumental 'Serenity'.

In Summary
The vocal harmonies are pretty special, and the attention to detail on the songs are remarkably good. The band have been active upon their return, with gigs scheduled with other G-DAZE favourites B.E Taylor and Donnie Iris.. a band in good company it seems. For those looking for a return to the heyday of retro and classic rock with a traditional 'steel-town' attitude, then 'G' are right up your alphabet. Admittedly there's a power of listening to be had, but to the average melodic rocker, there is definitely something for everyone, and not only is it good value, it's a good replacement therapy for the poor excuse that is todays popular music. Along with The Clarks, Pittsburgh's best kept secret has just come out of the closet.

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