John Vento – Love, Lust and Other Wreckage – Review

John VentoWhen I was doing some research for this review, one of the first things I read on Google about John Vento is that he’s known as the chameleon of the Pittsburgh music scene. He’s a veteran of that area and has been in some notable regional bands over the years, as well as moving forward with his solo career. I’ve been checking out his recent release Love, Lust and Other Wreckage and here are some thoughts…

John Vento – Love, Lust and Other Wreckage

I like John. He has a cool, rootsy rock sound with soul. Fans of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young will have a soft spot in their ear for John Vento’s music. On my initial listens of the new project, some of the tunes that stand out to me are “A Good Life Made”, “Just Don’t Care” and “Eye Candy.” John is really great at getting the energy rocking out. I did my research so I know he’s been at this a while, but this is one of my first times hearing him. From the start, I can tell he has his sound down. Seriously man, down!

From start to finish this album has it all for rockers. Boomers are going to love John Vento. “A Good Life Made” definitely has that Tom Petty flavor with methodical rhythm and floating harmonicas, reminiscent of Petty’s “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”. The Springsteen influence is heard much more in “Just Don’t Care”, and the prior mentioned legends are scattered throughout “Eye Candy” and John’s other tunes. It was a nice sentimental journey of influences browsing through John Vento’s catalog, and I’d be surprised if you don’t feel the same.

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