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The Terror of Tiny Town

by Steve Iannetti

A vibrant blend of intelligent alternative rock with pop and americana influences, original vocals, very well crafted guitarwork and brilliantly arranged outstanding compositions.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Hoop Earrings
3:29 $0.99
2. Face like a Picasso
3:56 $0.99
3. I See Red
3:03 $0.99
4. Speed of Light
3:54 $0.99
5. Just Like You
2:59 $0.99
6. Problems
3:06 $0.99
7. 2 Weeks
2:31 $0.99
8. Two Girls
3:10 $0.99
9. There is No God
2:59 $0.99
10. Self-Inflicted
2:44 $0.99
11. Leaving the Planet
3:41 $0.99
12. Picasso Tango
4:03 $0.99
13. Still Around
3:52 $0.99
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Pure review
Terror Of Tiny Town
Steve Iannetti

By Frank Cotolo

If pain and angst and disappointment motivate an artist to express the incurable maladies of human existence through personal statements that stand as testimony of the artist's perspective, one can easily focus on the foundation of Steve Iannetti's work, The Terror Of Tiny Town.

Iannetti addresses some common woes of love and attraction in the 13 tracks that make up the CD, appropriately named after a low-budget move that has become a cult classic. But, like a true child of the streets, he doesn't whine about any of it. In fact, he almost seems proud that he has weathered all emotional storms.

On the surface (Big Hoop Earrings) or straight from the heart (There Is No God), Iannetti is clearly seeing what dangers and dreams are possible on the levels of Mayan and Brahman life. In Earrings he is awake and aware of how the glitter of feminine adornment can add enough magic to bring him to his knees. In God he takes a stand that any hideous act without reason proves that which may be divine is meaningless when ignoring the value of life. It is far from two-faced; it is the spirit of awareness and the loathing of overstatement, qualities any true artist holds dear and defends with closed fists.

Indeed, all of Iannetti's music is two-fisted and his character demands a self-strength that boys growing up in the city learn as a means of preservation. If, the artist tells us in God, I can sustain the great blows I am given, how could an almighty power not clench his fists at evil? Iannetti takes some blows, too, and is perfectly able to admit the blame for getting them.

In Just Like You he confesses a penchant for attracting drama in relationships. He is drawn to the adventure of conflict and sings, "Over and over I make the same mistake." He addresses this as if he likes the behavior as much as he wants to change it. In Self-Afflicted he bears responsibility for his wounds with unusual courage, again showing us he has taken it like a man. And in Problems, he tells the wounded that bad could be worse, with a classic Jerry Lee Lewis-killer attitude and musical style. It is honestly masculine at the peril of political correctness.

Iannetti opens his wounds for the listener and he often plays his guitar as if his fingers are still bleeding from the countless confrontations of love he has experienced and sings about. He sees beauty and ugliness as the same thing, sometimes, and his voice portrays the wonder of it all with dead accuracy. "Like a car wreck on a highway/I just couldn't look away," he sings in Face Like A Picasso. It is the perfect blend of cowardice and courageousness that finds Iannetti in a ruthless imbroglio, one that makes his simple and sometimes surprising chord structures add color to his voice.

And, in a strange and comfortable way, Iannetti's vocals are always laden with a hard echo that richly attributes to the singer's hard-nosed delivery and puts flesh on the bones of his lyrics. The songs are rarely tender, though, even when he sings of wanting to believe in romance-"I was perfect for about two weeks." And his timid but affective symbolic approach-"I see red when I see you" is nowhere near the ringing of highbrow poetry but powerful pedestrian prose.

Iannetti lives in a hard world and addresses life with rock-hard qualities that strip his personality of all the sappy elements one might hear from an artist dealing with the kinds of things he does. And that attitude gives this piece of work a stream of truth that can only surface from a musician who can bend a guitar string and his voice with the prowess of a lumberjack's axe. The Terror Of Tiny Town is, then, on all levels, entertaining, literate and honest-and a unique signature of an artist whose only agenda is to put his cards face up on the table.



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Terror of Tiny Town blends 80's pop with Y2K technologies in a way that this listener has never heard before. Steve's offbeat look at the world is truely unique. He manages to find a silver lining in every gray cloud, or is it he finds a gray cloud covering every silver lining? Reguardless of that, this is just a flat out great CD with catchy tunes and fine musicianship. I've been listening to this one for about a year now and STILL can't pinpoint "who" it sounds like, as every reviewer always tries to do. Finally one day listening to a different artist I quipped that the other artist "sounded like Steve Iannetti"...He's not someone you compare to others, you compare others to him. I recommend this CD highly!


This CD tells life how it really is.
This CD is awesome. The lyrics grab you cause they are so true to life, and they are easy to sing along with. The music keeps you jumping and wanting to come back for more. Who is this guy? I just want to take him home with me and take care of him!


Great music...
As usual, your music is inspiring - grabbing with the beat but sensual, relaxing and thought-provoking; all at the same time. This CD has the unusual ability to create a sense of hardness and softness without losing one to the other.

Gypsy sounds wrapped around hard lyrics....

Yikes, Steve, this really is great.


Frank Rizzo

A Work of Art
From the time the first song started, I was very impressed. As each song played, I just had to sit there and dig myself into this artist's head. The picture these songs painted in my head was incredible. I felt like it was me in these, sometimes heartbroken, stories. These songs are one you can actually relate to in the everyday battle of life. I have to mention, Big Hoop Earings and Just Like You are my favorites, but I can't have just two, Two Girls and Still Around are works of a genius also. I just can't figure out why these songs aren't heard on national radio. This whole CD should be in every record store in the country.


Outstanding indie pop/rock!
It would be easy to go on at length about how good this CD is, but I'll keep it short: This is an OUTSTANDING collection of songs which stands up very well to repeated listens. The songs work very well as little pop gems, with clever hooks and varied, creative arrangements, and consistent high quality from beginning to end. I found myself humming different songs from this album for weeks after purchasing it. Steve's lyrics are always intelligent, subtle and honest, often sarcastic and self-depricating, with a general sense of wonder at having survived all of it! His vocal performances give life and credibility to each song without going over the top. The guitar work is superb - this is a guy who can really say alot with his axe; he shows us his chops in short bursts, but doesn't ever let the guitar playing get in the way of delivering the song effectively. This is the kind of album that makes me optimistic about the future of indie music!


FABULOUS writing and performing on this CD
One of the reasons I like indie music is that I think often the songs are written with heart and soul and intelligence. That's more than true with Steve Iannetti's music. When listening to The Terror of Tiny Town, it's obvious that Iannetti is very intelligent and well rounded. It's also obvious that he's writing very personal songs, but what I find most interesting is that I often find myself thinking of his lyrics in my day-to-day life because I can identify with a lot of what he's saying in these songs. If the writing of these songs is superb, then the performing of them is superb squared. Iannetti plays all the instruments and sings all the parts. The guitar work is awesome and the bass playing is more than awesome. True and solid playing back up the great singing and lyrics. This is one kick-ass CD...... The highlights of it are the songs I See Red, Leaving the Planet, and Picasso Tango. These songs show excellent writing and awesome intelligence all paired with real college of hard knocks reflection. Again, this is some awesome music here!