John Paul Montagna | Enjoy Your Dessert

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Enjoy Your Dessert

by John Paul Montagna

Power pop with a dash of r&b, jazz, and NYC grit. All analog. And a few bass solos.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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1. Sugarmommy
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2. Blues For the City
3:30 $0.99
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3. Another Song About You
4:09 $0.99
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4. Miles Away
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5. Water On My Back
3:57 $0.99
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6. Why Do You Make Me Drive So Far?
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7. Waltz in a Minor
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8. E.y.d.
0:28 $0.99
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9. Behind T3
3:14 $0.99
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10. Breathing
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11. One More Day
3:10 $0.99
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12. Grandiose
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13. Palace
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14. 12 O'clock
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15. Sweetness
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16. These Plaid Pants
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes


In the summer of 1997 I entered a 24-track analog studio in NYC's East Village with an engineer, some big ideas, and nothing (and nobody) else. By the time the autumn leaves began to fall, ENJOY YOUR DESSERT was born.

Some of the songs were 2 years old; some of them were improvised while the tapes rolled. (Hey! That rhymes.) I could have whittled the 16 songs down to 12, but that's something that SOMEONE ELSE would have suggested to me and the entire point of this project was that I would make all the decisions myself, so there.

It was terrifyingly easy, and it was easily terrifying. Even the troubling moments were fun. I'll never be this young and green again.

Thanx for checking me out, and remember to enjoy your dessert!



Be well

JM (Aug. 2016)

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Tom Walsh, Garlic Press

The future of pop!
Enjoy Your Dessert is the crystalization of John Paul Montagna's multi-faceted genius. It captures a precious moment in time, when the unique voice of this musical visionary was just beginning to blossom. The music evokes the extremes of pop, and life itself: joy, pain, brutal honesty and whimsical nonsense vie for the listener's attention. Do yourself a favor and get acquainted with John Paul Montagna and Enjoy Your Dessert.
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Gina Ronat

Get your money's worth, and variety to boot!
There are 16 tracks on EYD with lots of variety in style, so you are getting your money's worth. John showcases his multi-talented self quite well here. Some highlights: Sugarmommy sounds reminiscent of a Billy Joel tune, although not any one in particular, just the overall feel. Water On My Back, One Day, and Palace have some really great harmony bits. One More Day is interesting in how it starts mellow and gradually increases in intensity. But Palace makes the CD for me. It's a 3/4 time song that is just a really nice, relaxing tune. If you like variety and you like John, then you're gonna like this. Cheers!
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Parrish Highley

J.P. Montagna: Song writer, Musician, and Comedian
While much has already been said about John's song writing and musicianship, what I personally most refreshing about Enjoy Your Dessert is the good natured humor that runs throughout. SUGARMOMMY raises all manner of dysfunctional expectation, but what makes this song so funny is its healthy and centered assessment of the very notion. But I also have to say that the song is a total groove that one can't help but bounce around to, and, frankly, puts much of what is on mainstream radio to utter shame!

But back to the humor...there are a number of "guy" songs for those of us males between the ages of 18 and 49 who over their sinks, but WHY DO YOU MAKE ME DRIVE SO FAR may well be ultimate "guy" song. (If VH1 does a countdown of guy songs, this should make the list.)
That guy streak runs rampant through MILES AWAY and WATER ON MY BACK as well.

Now it would take a pretty spicy pair of Italian meatballs to follow WHY DO YOU MAKE ME DRIVE SO FAR with anything called WALTZ IN A MINOR, but that's just the sort of thing to expect from J.P. Montagna. Why? Because he's a guy!

But seriously, the beauty that comes through a song like PALACE, a jazz piano ballad tastefully accented by softly placed notes from an electric guitar, is irresistible. Like SUGARMOMMY, PALACE makes perfect use of its sparse production. Along with BEHIND T3, BREATHING, and ONE MORE DAY it is the album's hidden treasure.

Enjoy Your Dessert closes with an unexpectedly moving and spiritual piece entitled THESE PLAID PANTS. This one really hit me hard and I'll tell you why: Whether you are a millennial dispensationalist or a historical eschatologist, when you come face to face with the true and ever-living God, you definitely want to look you best! I'm shining my shoes even as we speak...
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Scott Holder

Enjoyable album showcasing many styles
This is a fun album and John has a great singing voice and the songs themselves are generally suited to his voice. Expect to hear funk, adult alternative rock and even some jazz influences on many of the songs. You'll hear some definite McCartney influences on the rock songs and in a couple of cases, you'll also be reminded of John Mayer (not as an influence but more in terms of similar styles). A very good first effort for someone doing it all by himself on the disc.
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Debi McGarry

Life is Short. Eat Dessert First!
This CD is a perfect example of the great music people miss out on by only picking from the "top 10." Fine music, great writing and a sound that seemed to bring back memories even the first time I listened.
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Antonio Valero.

What a great CD...
This is a great CD with full of great guitar and bass lines.With a lot of McCartneyesque influences most notably on soft songs like "Behind T3". And even sounds a bit like Ringo Starr in "Why do you make me drive so far?". This great multi intrumentalist will rock you forever. Come on and try this "dessert"!.
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Tony Macca, Flatbush Music Page

I love it!!
Montagna hits us with some great tunes and performances on his debut disc. His famous killer bass playing is well-featured here, as well as that great voice that reaches from Brooklyn to Liverpool and back. It's a taste of things to come, when he moved on with his new band FOUR EIGHTEEN and their revolutionary sound (keep listening!).
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Ginny Adrada, Spain

Impressed, amazed... I LOVE it !!!
John shows his amazing and incredible talent in ALL te ways. The cd is full of variety and impresses you with each tune of the album. Great variety.Another song about you, Water on my back, Why do you make me drive son far?, Behind T3, Palace... there aint a song that should be missed! Worths to be heared, worths to be bought! You're gonna enjoy your dessert.
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