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Nick Granato's "Outside The Lines" CD cover and link to Nick's website. CD Review 
"OutSide The Lines"
Nick Granato 
Review by: Len Rogers

     Nick Granato has a theory, which he aptly states in his liner notes, "I believe that music should not only make us smile, but should more importantly, make us think." With "Outside The Lines" Granato does both. Thirteen generous tracks of smiles and poignant thoughts make for a full experience. Whether your love of song is in the music or in the poetic strength of the lyrics, Nick Granato proves himself a champion.  Vocally, Nick brings classic rock/folk singers to mind. A gritty edge to his voice adds a real person feel combined with an easy passion to his delivery. Granato would not be one to easily peg or restrict to style, although a rock/folk influence is most evident. However it is where Nick takes these influences which make all the difference. 
     True to his theory, Nick Granato manages to make us smile demonstrating the excellence of his mastered ability 

with words and music. Catchy melodies embrace while more fervent musical phrases grab and hold you.  As with jazz, Nick makes the words a part of the overall music, lyrics are musical in value while possessing an affecting depth. The overall effect is an enhanced involvement with a cerebral and audio sensatory experience which leaves you keen for more. In a time of media blitz powered auto-accepted apathy, Granato is an empowered voice for individual thought and worth. Make no mistake, while "Outside The Lines" is very conducive to thought, it is foremost an entertainment high point. This is food for thought which fulfills and satisfies.

     There is a lyrical connective theme to "Outside The Lines". Individuality, change, challenge, and most importantly, it seemed to me Nick was saying be involved. From the socially examining start of the CD with "In This Human Race", Granato throughout challenges apathy, conformity, and compromise. Making a strong point for inter-personal acceptance and respect. A very large portion of the Nick Granato talent in my opinion, is his ability to wrap lyrics with substance in music which is pure appreciation of the gift. Lyrical meanings are brought to value by music which first welcomes via enjoyment and interest. The depth of Nick's lyrics awaken during and after the initial listen to keep the musical fire burning within. Songs like; "Color Outside The Lines", "My Ordinary Life", and "No More Stones" all have compelling musical scores with lyrics which haunt and keep the interest focused. Closing with the internal perspective "Who I Am" Nick completes an introduction and makes a lasting musical connection with listeners.

     Again it is how Nick presents these musical challenges and connections which set "Outside The Lines" in such a high enjoyment bracket. Not delivered by preach or bully-pulpit, but with masterful and thought provoking artistry which is not to be denied. Lyrics carried by music that defines and enlivens thus encouraging the listener to openly enjoy and therefore naturally react. That in itself calls for involvement. That in itself is entertainment. That is also Nick Granato's "Outside The Lines".

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