"Everybody's Normal But Me" (Razor & Tie)
Reviewed by Snidermann
"Stuttering John" Melendez, one of Howard Stern's sidekicks (you've heard him on Stern's nationally syndicated radio talk show) proves with "Everybody's Normal But Me" that he is a genuine talent as a rock'n'roller and not just somebody using Stern's name to promote himself.
"Everybody's Normal But Me" is good, down-to-earth, solid rock'n'roll fun - the more I listened to it the better I liked it. The songs are strong little ditties about life in New York City and John's day-to-day dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The first cut of the recording "Everybody's Normal But Me," talks about his illness and it really opened my eyes as to what the people with OCD deal with every day.
Stuttering John tackles serious issues like OCD in one song, discusses growing old in another, sings about lost loves, why cabbies won't go to Harlem, the love of his child, to songs titled "Money For Drugs." This record has it all. Straight forward loud rock music for the soul. You get caught up in the music, the fun, the drag of OCD, life in the Big Apple and an in-depth view of this deep, surprisingly insightful musician.
Stuttering John's guitar is outstanding and his vocals are perfectly raspy, making the songs distinctly unique. The songwriting is top notch. I can't wait to check out his previous CD. I think Stuttering John should say his good-byes to The Howard Stern Show and dedicate his time to music full time.
Stuttering John is John "Stuttering John" Melendez - guitar, lead vocals, Nicky Bencivenga - bass, back-up vocals, Bruce Valero - drums.
A classic. This record will kick your ass.
Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.
So-so. You've heard better.
Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.
Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.
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