Frank Manzi, "Bright Corners of the World" (Poor Rider). FOUR STARS.
by Kevin O'Hare, The [Springfield, MA] Sunday Republican, June 17, 2007

In another era, Frank Manzi would have been a star by now.

Or maybe he'd have hit the big time if he came from Austin, where Americana rockers seem to get more attention. Instead, Manzi has been plugging away for two decades in Western Massachusetts, quietly making a succession of great solo albums.

A former member of another popular Massachusetts act, The Breakdown, Manzi is a passionate singer and writer, straight out of the Springsteen/Mellencamp school of rock.

This is his fifth solo offering and it's another first-rate recording, from the opening moments of the beautifully sung "Just to Hear You Breathe" - which ranks among the best songs penned by anyone this year - to other standouts such as the harmonica-backed, heartland-based "Tumbleweeds," the 9/11-influenced "Last Night" and the air-tight "Nights Like These," one of several songs featuring the superb artistry of veteran multi-instrumentalist Mitch Chakour on B-3 organ.

 


 

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