Pat Guadagno – New Jersey Material

by Chuck Dauphin

If you say the words ‘Jersey Shore’ together, you might not think of anything too heavy or deep. After all, one of the biggest exports as of late has been Snooki, right? Well, that’s not entirely true. Pat Guadagno has carved out quite the reputation with his honest performances, and this album does not disappoint. In fact, one could make a striking comparison to one of the area’s more legitimate musical performers – Bruce Springsteen, even tipping his hat to the “Boss” on a cover of “Born To Run,” where he more than handles his job.

He runs the gamut on a vocal level. At times, he delivers his vocals in a rough and rocking manner – like on “Pray That We Will” or the superbly written “People My Age,” which comes courtesy of the genius known as John Gorka.

However, Guadagno is best when he’s a little bit restrained in his style. He turns introspective on the sobering “Nobody But Myself To Blame,” and stays in that vein on “I Can’t Take Me Anywhere.” The album is also notable for a couple of collaborations – with Keb ‘Mo on “This Guitar Is For Sale” and “Here’s To You,” with  daughter Aura – who impresses with her stunning range. But, I have to say, this entire album is nothing but stunning!

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