NICKI TEDESCO: Heaven Is a Ghost Town: CD

This is a slick pop rock record with “punky” edges and some of the most egregious guitar solos I’ve heard on a “punk”-influenced record in a really long time. There are lyrical ideals represented here that I absolutely can get behind, but musically the execution of this leaves a bit to be desired, landing a bit flat. I was thinking that this recording was giving me the vibe of “non-invested studio musicians” with the general lack of real feeling displayed in the music, but I have since realized that it’s quite possibly lacking the most important and most simple ingredient… soul. Soul is a hard thing to quantify—you just know it when you hear it, or in this case, when you don’t. –Mark Twistworthy (nickitedesco.bandcamp.com)