Siracusa is a new talent, one who has grabbed this
reviewer’s ear. With the surge of music hitting the CSO
Central desk daily, it’s easy to overlook the new for the
established. That was nearly the case here. My eyes (and
eventually my ears) locked on, however, to one song, a
And Steel” was, to the best of my foggy memory, a powered
ballad that staked its pop roots way back when. The 70s
classic enjoys a reworking here. With just an easy hint of
country, the song comes performed as a duet with the
original hit maker, Walter Egan. Not overstated or
underplayed, the song is a standout cut. It’s one sure to
have baby-boomers remembering and a younger audience
appreciative. It’s a good song choice.
That’s one of the winning points
on this Canadian’s album: the song choices are an even blend
of dance floor invites and stay-at-home and mope weepers.
Men Have Tried” opens the album. With a tempered countrified
voice, Siracusa fires with pop bounce and energy. Hitting
the target with a tale of female independence, the track is
pure Saturday night jukebox. Another signpost to the
hardwood floor comes with the Deborah Harry classic, “Call
Me” – proving that everything and anything is, if handled
right, a country possibility.
Similar pop/country offerings
play out with the edgy “Hardly Heartbroke,” the remembered
Patty Loveless hit “Timber I’m Falling In Love,” and the
chorus-backed “Gimme Something To Dance To”.
Calmer moods prevail, and
perfectly, on the ballads. The fiddle-etched “Drawn To The
Flame” offers emotional anchors while highlighting
Siracuse’s sensitivity and lyrical approval for Walter
Egan’s co-write (Andy West). “It’s Not About Love” pulls on
the heart valve, telling of deeper, stronger bonds; the song
(Essra Mohawk/Michael O’Connor) is raw, honest and
reflective. The Siracusa co-write with MaryLynne Stella,
“Train Rides”, likewise finds his mark with a textured and
If curiosity draws you like a
magnet to steel, check out Angela Siracusa and her “Better
Men Have Tried” video. It’s playing now at
The album is also available now.