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by Al Hidalgo

melodic indie pop
Genre: Pop: Britpop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Chartreuse
2:33 $0.99
2. Chime
2:44 $0.99
3. Sphere
2:55 $0.99
4. Third person
3:14 $0.99
5. Chartreuse
2:34 $0.99
6. Esfera
2:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
Uniquely simple, infectious melodies and inventive arrangements create a new sound: melodic indie pop.


Al Hidalgo was first introduced to me to me by a studio executive as "a diamond in the rough." After the polishing was completed it became quite apparent he is "a gem of a distinct color."

Within the tones of his eclectic lyrics and melodic sensibility, the raw essence of his influences glows stylistically like that of his mentors.

The arrangements, while difficult to categorize, shape the songs to fit in a cinematic realm, where tonal and structural emphasis match perfectly on the big screen. After repeated play, the flow of the song sequence works flawlessly. As an added bonus, CHARTREUSE and SPHERE (ESFERA) are redone in Spanish (with slightly altered production) to cleverly capture the Hispanic/European market's ear.

Always refreshing to hear new talent that is not lost nor over-shadowed by the music production, in the case of CUSP, producer Robert Runyeon finds a perfect blend of artist vs. artistry. As one of the key players on CUSP, Robert (guitars/percussion) lets the songs speak through the talents of the musicians. Multi-talented player/performers, such as keyboardist/engineer Jeffrey Tutt (a.k.a. Aaron), drummer/vocalist Paul Nienhaus (33 People), studio/session bassist Chad Robinson (a.k.a. Aaron), and Jef Mayer (Magnolia Bolthead) on saxophone, need very little direction. All are studio savvy and the talent blend is apparent. Friends and family (including Al's wife, Julie Hidalgo, who plays castanets on CHARTREUSE and co-wrote SPHERE) are also added to give the production a live feel on SPHERE.

The technical essence from studio engineer Jeffrey Tutt at The Playhouse Creative Workshop is a testament to the art of the digital box. And Refraze Studios' Gary King adds sparkle with his Mastering expertise .

As an award-winning graphic designer, Al has gained notoriety for his artwork on CD projects, promotional art and logo/identity designs for other artists, record labels and entertainment businesses. CUSP packaging, not surprisingly, was designed and developed by Al.

As a total package, Al Hidalgo and CUSP are the real deal. Creative, original songwriting, visual arrangements, polished productions and unique graphic design. A must buy. A must see. A must hear.

Oliver Poole
Creative Director / Music Reviewer
Playhouse Publications



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Denise Lovinsky

I had just recently baught the c.d. at borders and
I thaght itwas fantastic! I definitly think
u should buy it! It is a great c.d. 2 listen
2 now and then!

Lily Hidalgo

That's my Dad and i'm vey proud of him.
it's so cool having him sing 4 my friends!
I do think he will go 2the TOP!!
I really hope u buy this cd once
u hear just one song TRUST ME!
you'll be on your comp. writing a review like
I am!!!

Terry Austin, Singer/Songwriter

A brilliant accomplishment of creativity and individuality.
Al Hidalgo's debut release projects a signature style that would be difficult to confuse with any other artist. While pop is a tempting label for his writing style, there is something unfamiliar yet intriguing and infectious that is hard to describe. His songwriting is refreshingly singular, while the depth of the material transcends the play time of the CD. Compassionate, intelligent and somewhat abstract lyrical content yields many opportunities for the individual listener's interpretation without moving away from the core concept of each song. All of the tracks are written and produced in a manner that cumulates wonderfully into a nice cohesive package that goes beyond being just a collection of songs. Al’s choice of players was clearly well thought out and researched as they all do an outstanding job of coloring and texturing the tracks in all the right places. The audio quality of the recording is exceptional; professional results often unheard on a local hometown production by people obviously possessing a large degree of studio savvy. The level of creativity and originality in all areas of the disk, including the artwork, indicate clear intentions inspired by depth of vision. The overall package is a testament to local musical and technical talent that is certainly worthy of widespread recognition. An excellent find for any music lover’s collection and a fantastic value.

lilian Paloma

he's still great!
Al is still going. Just this christmas he did a wonderful concert at the baum opera house. He was great! I do suggest u come to some of his concerts i'm pretty sure he's about to do one April 1st. Also u can check him out at alhidalgo.com

A.P. Mullins

This is one of the most FANTASTICLY-AWESOME cd's ever!! Al Hidalgo has one of the most unique voices but it also seems very familiar. I have all of his songs on my itunes. I LOVE HIM!!!!

Lilian Paloma

This cd is a great party cd or if your just in the music mood. I love this cd so much I listen to it ALOT! Al is a great singer, it's DEFINITLY the best cd IN THE WORLD!! You should definitly buy it!


This is a great c.d. I have it and like listen to it EVERY night. I recomend you buy it. SO HURRY UP AND GO BUY IT!!

Dick Godfrey (Agent for Future Vizion Group/Scientist)

Lyrics from the Soul, Music from the Heart,Engineering Art
Very well done !! Proof that Ohio has some of the best Musical and Engineering talant in the business.