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With its hard-driving beats, funky rhythms and stellar pop-centric sensibility, vocalist, pianist and composer Peter Cincotti’s fourth album, Metropolis, might be perceived as a sharp left turn from the jazz-focused, boy-crooner sound that established his career in America a decade ago. But Cincotti has been living something of a musical double life, as his last record of all original ... Read more in Amazon's Peter Cincotti Store

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heads Up
  • ASIN: B007R3B7O6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Metropolis
2. My Religion
3. Do Or Die
4. Take A Good Look
5. Nothing s Enough
6. Magnetic
7. Graffiti Wall
8. Fit You Better
9. Madeline
10. World Gone Crazy
11. Forever And Always
12. Before I Go

Editorial Reviews

With its hard-driving beats, funky rhythms and stellar pop-centric sensibility, vocalist, pianist and composer Peter Cincotti s fourth album, Metropolis, might be perceived as a sharp left turn from the jazz-focused, boy-crooner sound that established his career a decade ago. But Cincotti sees Metropolis, for which he wrote all 12 songs, as more evolutionary than revolutionary, marking his continuance along a musical path that he started mapping as early as age three.

Though Metropolis was the last track completed, it drives the album s theme, which examines the joys and ills of the contemporary urban experience from multiple perspectives. The album is, says Cincotti, meant to be representative of how we live today. It s not one particular city, but the urban landscape in general. I wanted each song to feel like a neighborhood within Metropolis, and for the storylines within the songs to somehow seem as if they were occurring simultaneously.

The album opens with its set piece, the title track, strongly reminiscent of the Pet Shop Boys infectiously propulsive electronica. Later tracks Graffiti Wall, partially inspired by the twentieth anniversary of the Berlin Wall s demolition, and World Gone Crazy, with its condemnation of society s tech-fueled ferocity, further speak to the overarching theme. The remaining tracks focus more on personal tales within this urban jungle. There are, says, Cincotti, a few songs on the album about commitment, beginning with My Religion. It s polar opposite is Forever and Always. Both are about becoming someone else for the sake of a relationship, but the first comes from the dark side of commitment and the second from the light.

Ultimately, Cincotti would like listeners, who nowadays often approach music in terms of individual track downloads rather than complete albums, to listen to the album as an album. I m hoping people will press pause on the craziness of their daily lives and actually experience the entire record. It s a lot to ask in this day and age, but this album is all about creating another world the [quasi-mythical] world of Metropolis and I want them to feel like they ve actually been there.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Carl Debenedictis on March 16, 2013
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After doing research on Peter Cincotti's upcoming album (after having been extremely impressed with his most recent release, "East of Angel Town") I was a bit leery on how I'd like his material under the production guidance of a producer of Pink, and other top 40, more pop-oriented artists. I gave the rest of the tracks a listen on I-Tunes and ended up really liking the samples of the tracks. They maintained more than enough of his smooth vocals, classical piano playing, and song arranging (and writing) skills with just enough infusion of pop, top 40 style music flair that it showed a different, creative, and more flexible range of his writing and performance abilities. I was impressed with the more risque (compared to his first two album releases) material - stories of love, life, and people in the real world with and all its perplexing turns and twists - as well as his traditional, more familiar ballad-eering and crooning. His chops are still based in classical training, he's still professional and a true, mature showman and penultimate adult artist - he just shows he can be fun and relatable to those who's musical fancies are a little more fun and loose, at times, as we must all be to stay sane in this life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shb on January 8, 2013
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I had been more familiar with Cincotti's jazz tracks, but through iHeart radio on the Harry Connick channel, had an opportunity to listen to some of Cincotti's other stuff, namely this album. I read the reviews before purchasing and see that some have roundly slammed the album as pop. I don't mind pop - good pop - and having heard some tracks, I definitely qualify this album as good pop. For my taste, it's approaching the realm of overproduction, but IMHO stops short of that. At first hearing, I thought David Foster might be the producer because of that and while I see he's thanked in the credits, he did not produce the album.

For me, the strongest tunes are Metropolis, with a kicky almost Taco-like Puttin' on the Ritz ending, Do or Die and Madeline. There isn't really a throw-away tune on here for me. All have a pretty good hook and mostly quality lyrics. A good road trip album!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ed on October 11, 2012
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I own two of Peter's CD's before I received this one. I play his Live Concert all the time and love it. Songs like "I Love Paris" and "Bali Hai" are fresh again. "Up On The Roof" and "Some Kind Of Wonderful" are terrific covers. "He's Watching" is tender.This new one, called Metropolis is a major change in Mr. Cincotti's works. In short...I hate it. To me, he found a great nitsche and then abandoned it, all in an attempt to stay relevant. Believe me, Peter, relevant is what you did before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bo Knows on November 26, 2013
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Peter Cincotti got off to a terrific start and peaked with his "On The Moon" release in 2004. This blended wonderful original compositions with covers of well-known standards. The sparse arrangements were warm and inviting. "Metropolis" is as cold and metallic as "On The Moon" was accessable and warm. Cincotti is talented and has a flair for lyrics, but his musical direction is wrong. If he continues on this pop/rock path his career is doomed. His voice lacks the grit for arena power ballads.

Lots of negative energy here, too, with titles like "Nothing's Enough", "World Gone Crazy", and the title track, "Metropolis." Cincotti is a talent worth hearing but he missed the mark on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Darragh on March 8, 2013
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As usual Peter Cincotti gives us a wonderful mixture of rock, jazz and ballads. really upbeat tunes that have the most interesting lyrics. Shades of Bill Joel here. This CD makes me feel happy - most important.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fuschia Eastwood on February 19, 2013
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I've been a fan of Peter's since 2003 or so when I heard Aint Misbehavin. He is one of those artists that I plan to always support and buy his work because even if I don't LOVE it (his second album is my least listened to but not to say I don't enjoy some songs) he is still very talented and does not disappoint me.
He definitely changes the sound on every album which may upset some, however, I still enjoy what he comes up with.
I was hoping for a deluxe-bonus track album for Metropolis but guess that's not happening.
This album is not old standards jazzy like his first album and goes more modern electric with this album.
Lyrical themes of his previous albums remain similar.
I'd love more songs like Cherokee as Peter's talent is the piano. I'd even love him joining other artists like he did with Renee Olstead (Breaking up is hard to do).
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By Mary E. Takacs on January 14, 2014
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Peter has a wonderful and ageless voice..classy, timeless and hypnotic at times. I own a number of his CDs and they never get dusty.
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By Amazon Customer on October 28, 2013
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The only reason why I didn't give this CD 5 stars is because I thought his last one was better. I feel that the songs were more unique and the sound was smoother. There were only a couple of songs that I truly enjoy on this album, but I sincerely enjoy them.

Here's to hoping another album comes out soon with a little less instrument and a little more of that smooth voice I enjoy so much!
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