Corinne Curcio | Now

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Now

by Corinne Curcio

Guitar driven Pop/Rock combined with Contemporary Folk lyric sensibility.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Now
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2. Scandal
4:10 album only
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3. Lyrical Girl
2:38 album only
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4. Her Name
4:27 album only
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5. Is There Anyone Out There?
3:28 album only
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6. Let it Go
3:53 album only
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7. That's How I Feel
3:48 album only
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8. I Close My Eyes
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9. Looking For
5:26 album only
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10. Say Goodbye
3:05 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Praised from New York to Atlanta, this gifted musician/arranger/songwriter has an eclectic style drawing on Rock, Pop, Folk and World Music. Her latest CD, "Now", showcases her instrumental versatility on guitar, keyboard and bass. With her sultry voice and well crafted lyrics, Corinne weaves a rich musical tapestry.
In addition to her solo career, she is also a member of the band Estrogen. (www.EstrogenTheBand.com)And you can buy their album at http://cdbaby.com/estrogen

"My mother bought me my first guitar from, of all places, a candy store, when I was 8 years old. It was made entirely of plastic- yes, even the strings! By the time I was 10, I got a "real" instrument: a $25 non brand name ¾ size guitar made in Japan. I learned to pick out the melodies of Beatles songs, and soon graduated to a chord book. I always favored figuring out the chord progressions and voicings on my own, instead of relying on songbooks, and feel this helped to develop my ear for song structure. By the early 70's, influences on my rhythm guitar work included Joni Mitchell, Incredible Stringband,CS&N, The Who's "Tommy" Jethro Tull's "Aqualung", and Fairport Conventions "Liege and Lief" But I wasn't excited by the music of that decade, until the advent of "New Wave", so in the meantime I turned my attention towards learning other interesting styles of guitar playing- Fingerpicking Old Time Country Music, Travis Style Picking, Bluegrass, Classical, Celtic Music, Blues and Ragtime. These styles I incorporated into my own sound. It was also at this time that I began to write songs. My style has been compared to The Beatles, Richard Thompson, Patti Larkin, The Pretenders, XTC, among others. Quite good company to be in!
I've always loved the sound of the guitar. It has a soul uniquely its own, and has remained my deepest connection to self expression."

"... the star attraction of this rockin' album is Corinne Curcio's talent triumvirate of great songwriting, great guitar work and great singing. Each track hits the ground running - and Corinne wastes no time in ushering the listener thru her intricately composed, harmonically rich and adventurous art-pop creations..." - Robert Urban - URBAN PRODUCTIONS, NYC

If you like this album, be sure to check out Corinne Curcio's first CD, "A Whisper in My Ear" at http://cdbaby.com/corinne2

*******News Flash*******
My 3rd CD "From My Balcony" is now available on CDBaby.
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E. Harrington

Catchy and interesting - my new favorite album!
From the first note, Now grabbed my attention and hasn't let go. Besides the multi layers of musical color Corinne paints with, the lyrics are just as vivid. These songs are so catchy and so interesting, I find myself listening over and over again. And each time I do, it just sounds better. This is my new favorite album!
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C. Kassel

A fabulous sophomore release!
If you haven't heard Corinne's amazing guitar licks and fabulous voice, you're in for a treat on this album. Her style has matured and solidified here, and the album includes simple and beautiful tunes such as "Lyrical Girl" and intense, complicated, introspective songs such as "Is There Anyone Out There?" You can hear the echoes of the artists Corinne lists as influences, but the sound and sentiment is all her own.
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Lori Muskat

Though her style differs from Patti Larkin's, Curcio's guitar playing is in the
To be musically complex and elegant is a rare feat. And this is exactly what Curcio achieves with this CD. From the whimsical, yet deceptively deep, "Lyrical Girl" to the wistful "Say Goodbye" to the angst-ridden "Is Anyone Out There?", Curcio's music is a multi-layered tapestry, woven seamlessly with the rich sounds of British Rock, Traditional, and World Music--to mention just a few of the genres evident in her playing and composing. Curcio's guitar licks are easily in the same league as Patti Larkin and Bonnie Raitt. In addition to her excellent musicianship and carefully textured vocals, Curcio is a masterful arranger, whose tasty counterpoint remains a delight to the ears time after time.
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Jed Ryan

CORINNE CURCIO: "NOW"
CORINNE CURCIO:"NOW"

From the cover of "Now", her second CD, gifted singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Curcio-- wearing John Lennon sunglasses-- beckons her listener from a kaleidoscopic/psychedelic background. Before you even listen to a single note of "Now", you can pretty much guess from the CD's artwork that she's been influenced by '60's-style classic rock and folk. In a priceless bit of bio from her website, Corrine states, "My family was never well off enough for me to take any kind of music lessons. The Beatles were my teachers-- so I learned to play by ear, and by perusing song books." This may explain not only her musical influences... but in addition, the years of self-training may have been responsible for her tendency to keep her guitar work and voice the dominant forces in her music. To this day, the resultant richness of her basic music skills comes through, bolstered heavily by her distinctive lyrics, which are awash with depth and story. Corinne Curcio indeed retains a fondness for past musical styles and sounds, as well as a '60's folk-influenced tendency for more ethereal themes in her lyrics. Specifically, these themes tend to be the meaning of life and its assorted challenges, such as love (Corinne explores the vision of ideal love so well in "I Close My Eyes".) and faith (with "Is There Anyone Out There?"). Cynical music critics may argue that many modern folk-influenced artists tend to be overly nostalgic, and that their lyrics tend to lean towards "fluffy" and overly saccharine. Almost as if to rebuke any preconceptions, Ms. Curcio's music never sounds lost in the past. Her artistic influences notwithstanding, Corinne's instanty accessible lyrics and musical arrangements on "Now" sound timeless and very real. In fact, she states quite clearly in the title track of her CD that she's got her eye on the future:

"You can feel like time rushes by way too fast,
You can try with all your might to hang on to the past,
You can hope for the future but it's not going to last...
The moment is here and it's... now!"

Although she's got dreamy melodies and auras on her CD that evoke nothing less than the feelings of freedom and abandon (Perhaps best represented by the delicately haunting "Let It Go"), to dismiss "Now" as strictly feel-good music would be ignoring it's much deeper realm of emotions underneath. Draped with light and layered guitar melodies, the first track "Now" is a great opener. But for a second song, "Scandal", Corinne gives us a very different kind of style. She adopts a heavier sound and harder edge as she presumably confronts a potential love interest. On "Scandal", Corinne adopts a persona that's more in tune with the sexy-yet-tough, "no nonsense" images of women in rock, like Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin; as well as the ladies of country music like Reba McIntyre. It's also an excellent showcase for Ms. Curcio's voice, which can range from sultry and strong to delicately high. "Lyrical Girl", the third song, is an instantly captivating, light-as-air tribute to an apparently magnetic but complicated subject:

"She's a study in contradiction,
Optimistically filled with doubt.
Though life is bittersweet, she won't crumble in defeat...
She's completely Lyrical Girl."

We have little doubt that both "Lyrical Girl" and the fictional Queen of the next track "Her Name" ("Who does she think think she is, or does she want you to believe? Everyone agrees, she's practiced years to deceive... She took a chance, she drew a hand, now she's the Queen of broken hearts. No fame or fortune at her command. Make way as she departs...") were inspired by real-life characters that Corinne has known. Inquiring minds want to know, Corinne! In the quietly powerful "Is There Anyone Out There", despite a catchy melody and such playful accents as the harmonica, she deals with issues of spirituality and the challenge of keeping your faith ("Cold hard logic can make you cynical, but superstition will do you worse. I still believe in miracles, in this random universe. But still, I need to know... 'Is there anyone out there?'") In the CD's best display of her multifaceted picking skills, she gives us an acoustic guitar-only track with "That's How I Feel", which progressively becomes more intense until it expodes with triumph.

I've seen Corinne Curcio perform live, and she can more than hold her own armed with just her voice, guitar, and lyrics. One can argue that any combination of these three elements would produce a great CD, but I doubt that many musicians could coordinate all three elements as flawlessly as Corinne Curcio does on "Now". Accenting her vocal and guitar skills with bass and occasional other instruments-- and with drums/percussion courtesy of Kevin Hainey-- Corinne Curcio has created a sound that's all her own. By the time we reach the aptly-named last track, "Say Goodbye/Off She Goes", we're already yearning for more. But, hey, this is one CD that was meant to be listened to over and over again. Each time its played, the listener is guaranteed to hear beyond the pleasurable sounds and experience the wealth of life, love, and lessons that Corinne Curcio has chosen to share with her listeners.
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