Hello Goodbye & Everything in Between
Popular Philadelphia singer/songwriter Tony Mecca serves wisdom from deep in the inner city via a delicious song cycle that successfully incorporates elements of Rock, Roots, Pop, Folk and plain old Rock 'n Roll. This new long-playing CD (there's over 70 minutes of music) adds 22 new chapters of 'Intelligent & Infectious Urban Americana' to the Mecca songbook, and offers an eclectic extension of the musical forms explored on Mecca's first two releases - 'Purple Monkeys' (2003) and 'Princes of the New Dark' (2005) - without disturbing the integrity of the storytelling based blueprint established on those albums. While Mecca's infectious raspy voice and hook laden melodies are sure to initially confiscate most of your attention, it is his sage commentary on the beauty and failing of the 'human drill' that will eventually permeate your head, heart and soul. Superb! "Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between" is the Everly Brothers, Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp from a blender, poured into melodic Americana via street-level tales of everyboy and everygirl. Genuine innocence - whatever became of it? Mecca and friends turn back the clock keeping it sweet and simple via tunes like 'An American Kid,' 'Annie Walks Through Town,' 'The Night We Danced' - pretty much any of the 22 tracks offered here. (Take your pick.). It's easy to relate to the protagonists populating Mecca's sweet tales of love and longing, work, partying and watching life play itself out because after all, they're just you and me. A great slice of Americana". John Collinge / Progression Magazine #51 "Beautiful east coast romanticism! Tony Mecca's latest album recounts tales of life and love in the blue-collar South Philadelphia Italian-Irish neighborhood where he grew up. The lyrics are reminiscent of Springsteen or perhaps even Leonard Cohen but with a gritty Philly twist, whereas the music itself is 'Americana rootsy'. Mecca's many years of writing and performing have culminated in a wonderful effort. Highly recommended"! Jason MacMillan / Amazon.com / October 12, 2007.