A Review of the Joe Giacoio CD
"I Sing The Body Acoustic"
"I Sing The Body Acoustic"
by Joe Giacoio
Romantic Devil Records
This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 4/06
Have you ever laughed at what you first thought was a tall tale only to find your chortle preceded a sober ending?
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Most of us have been guilty of such a faux pas. Well, prepare yourself for more
as Joe Giacoio 'sets up' his listeners time after time. His writing is
so good that we keep 'stepping init' song after song.
For comparison's sake, Ira Glass has "This American Life" on
National Public Radio--Giacoio presents his version, probably titled
"This Peculiar Life."
A prime example is "God Knows." Giacoio begins with him as a kid
praying for his Mets to stage a comeback against the Cubs, juxtaposed
with a Chicago fan pleading to God for just the opposite to happen.
Then it's Joe pleading for victory against evil and a Muslim in the
Middle East doing the same. The tale then moves from Old Testament to
New--eye for an eye to turn the other cheek, ending with:
"...Yahweh sighs, "I can't do it all
Giacoio's character in "Jesse James" worships at the temple of the
late Charles Bronson, (he) of "Death Wish" revenge movie fame. But while
he is playing children's music to second graders at PS-85 and not 'packing' at that
particular moment, a robber bursts into the classroom:
I made men, men made war"
"...I said 'Oh my God," but I'd forgot
In the vein of the "Fractured Flickers" cartoons of the 1960s, Giacoio offers "Ever After," his updated version:
I was in school so I couldn't pray
Then those kids pulled out their guns
And blew that creep away..."
"...Jack and Jill went up the hill
After falling in love with a female prisoner in "Incarcerated Women,"
Giacoio riffs about jailhouse rocks, strip searches and his dear mother
warning him about staying away from women in bars, who are, after all,
anxiously willing to relocate.
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down, broke his crown
Jill went to get their lawyer..."
But all is not playful--some of Giacoio's songs cut straight to the
bone. In "All The King's Horses," he sings this after a violent
argument with his lover:
"...You say that wasn't you who spoke
Just the anger broke free
Well, maybe that wasn't you last night
But baby, that was me...
...You know that I love you
And if I could I'd make things all right
But when you take a blow to the heart
I'm not a bullet for you to bite..."
Giacoio rates a '10' on the
poignancy scale with an exceptionally moving tribute to his adoptive parents, especially his
father, in "Flesh and Blood."
Overall, Giacoio is but an adequate singer. However, it's how he
utilizes storytelling and wordplay in presenting such skewed, amusing
and touching snapshots of reality--that's where
his talent shines.
The songs are primarily presented here with guitar
instrumentation and elements of fiddle, mandolin, viola, and bouzouki.
- Sticks and Stones (3:33)
- She Got A Rock (3:54)
- God Knows (3:07)
- I Sing The Body Acoustic (3:07)
- Incarcerated Woman (3:21) - written with Dan Pelletier
- Jesse James (3:23)
- Flesh and Blood (4:11)
- The Dinosaur Ate Barbie (2:24)
- Ever After (2:40)
- Whistling Dixie (3:27)
- All The Kings Horses (3:59)
- Galileo (3:05)
All songs by Joe Giacoio, unless as noted.
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