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Pierce My Heart

The Paul Pierce Project

Paul Pierce Project Label (2013)

Review by David Bowling


Paul Pierce is a rare drummer who fronts his own band as the vocalist and songwriter. His Paul Pierce Project has now returned with their second studio album, Pierce My Heart.

His sound reaches back to the 1970s and 1980s and can best be described as a Steely Dan clone. It is basic classic rock with a little jazz and funk thrown in for good measure.

He has been performing for years and has shared the stage with the likes of Bo Diddley, The Temptations, Poco, and The Crests of “16 Candles” fame. He has learned his craft well as he is able to write catchy and melodic rock that support the lyrics of his observations about life.

His work many times rises above the average due to his humor. The title track makes fun of Hollywood’s elite encased in up-tempo jazz/rock rhythms. He travels in a different direction with his country-flavored “Chocolate.”

Pierce My Heart is a nice diversion from the modern pop and rock that currently inhabit the radio airwaves. It is a case of a drummer making good.

Rating: ***

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