Connecticut native Frank Viele cut his teeth as frontman of acclaimed New England funk-rock band Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project. Now he’s trying to make a name for himself as a solo singer/songwriter in a very crowded genre. If Viele’s promising solo debut “Fall Your Way” is any indication, he seems more than capable of setting himself apart from the pack.
“I’ve been on the road for a while, and I’ve been doing this thing for a long time,” Viele explains. “With this record I think things have finally fallen my way. It’s the record I’ve always wanted to make.”
Viele’s soulful vocals anchor the 13-track, 45-minute slab, giving a nice funky blues vibe to each and every song. Ace guitarist Joe Bonamassa injects some additional life into opener “Broken Love Song,” but mostly it’s Viele front and center.
Among the standouts here are “How Dare You SayYou’re Sorry,” “Easy Money,” “Monsters in the Hall,” “Someday I’m Gonna Make You Mine” and a stellar reading of Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)