#749: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's always nice to be sent an album to review by a new musical friend. So when Jason Perrillo a.k.a. Azwel presented me with his latest album - entitled "From Now On" - it was my great pleasure to have listen or three and put forth my thoughts on the release. ELO are listed amongst the influences for Azwel and this is evident in places with fantastic chord progressions and arrangements throughout this very finely crafted collection of songs.
Practically everything on this album is the work of this New York based prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist [apart from the artwork!] and it is a tremendous testimony to his talent. Indeed, this is an excellent set of songs. The contrast found in the first three  tracks between the guitar driven opener "Alone In The Park" [reminiscent of classic Blue Oyster Cult] with the catchy, foot-tapping [and quite frankly brilliant] "Out On A Limb" and the stringed excellence of the pensive "Convalescence" sets the tone for this balanced effort."War Against Innovation" is anthemic Brit Pop in all but name with the soulful "Don't Take It For Granted" another winner.
Jason's soft vocals overlay and caress every track and I have no hesitation in recommending that you invest your time in listening to this really good LP. Fave track for me is lead single "Out On A Limb" but all nine  tracks are truly top notch. A real pleasure to listen to. [8.5/10]
Trax:  "Alone In The Park" [4:14];  "Out On A Limb" [4:01];  "Convalescence" [3:43];  "War Against Innovation" [5:00];  "The Writing On The Wall" [4:23];  "Don't Take It For Granted" [4:32];  "The Fifth Of May" [3:09];  "All The Things To Come" [3:05];  "In A Desperate Way" [4:10]
Azwel is: Jason Perrillo [songs, vocals, guitars, keyboards, piano, moog, sampling, drums, bass, percussion and melodica]
Azwel via their official web site. "From Now On" can be purchased in MP3 format directly from the Azwel albums/download page thus:
ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] recommends "From Now On" by Azwel to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 22-Aug-2014