Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men
Heart Inside Your Head (JEM)
Make note of May 20th, because that’s the day Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men’s eagerly awaited sophomore album, “Heart Inside Your Head” will be issued.
Composed of Nick Piunti on lead vocals, guitars and synthesizer, Jeff Daksiewicz on electric guitar, Kevin Darnall on piano, organ and synthesizer, Jeff Hupp on bass and Ron Vensko on drums, the widely championed Detroit, Michigan band is caught operating at the pinnacle of their panache on this great album.
All ten songs on “Heart Inside Your Head” were written by Nick, citing the unsettling events of the past couple of years as the motivating factor behind the collection.
Fashioned of direct and perceptive lyrics, a sense of self-evalutation tends to steer these ear-clasping numbers. Possessing a raspy and robust tenor that could pass as the power popping cousin of Bryan Adams, Nick delivers the verse with style and conviction, while The Complicated Men exercise exemplary chemistry by maintaining a taut and concentrated hold throughout the proceedings.
Bounding full steam.ahead with strapping rhythms, penetrating chords and windswept harmonies, “My Mind (Plays Tricks On Me)” recalls the melodic force and gravity of The Who, where “Slave To It” rolls to a captivating groove, and “I Want Everything” entails a slower and delicate tempo, ribbed with splashes of distortion and jangle.
Ruled by a bouncy beat, chiming guitars and lively vocals, “Trying Too Hard” checks in as the criterion of classic power pop, the appropriately christened “Hopes Up” sparkles and swaggers with optimism, and “Nothing New” is a pretty and precious ballad.
The album also includes two songs that were paired as a single release last summer. There’s the rocking title track, which is shaped of an absorbing arrangement, cooking hooks and zingy breaks, and the comparably energetic “One Of The Boyz” that features a giant sing-a-long chorus impossible to ignore.
By weaving together strands of foot stomping arena rock with liberal dosages of customary pop ingredients, Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men produce gold spinning tunes that get straight to the point. Inspiring and refreshing, “Heart Inside Your Head” is ideal therapy for these uncertain times.