"Getting in under the wire for my 2010 year-end list (which is coming next week) is Long Island's Eric Crugnale and his excellent debut Carol Was Here. This is fully-realized mature pop in the vein of David Mead and Seth Swirsky, and the lovely, Bacharachian title track draws you in right from the start. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is smart guitar pop, and "I'm So Glad" has a soulful feel to it that recalls Scot Sax & Wanderlust. There's no doubt that the whole album sounds like something unearthed from the 1970s, and the production from Kevin Bents (whose The Means was a favorite of ours a couple of years back) is top-notch. Other highlights include the bouncy, catchy "Unreliable Friend", the McCartneyesque 1:39-in-length "Never Thought", and the gentle, inspiring "Leave Your Worries Behind", which sounds like an oft-covered standard but isn't. A mightily impressive debut that sounds more like the work of a 20-year pro."  - www.absolutepowerpop.com
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"Local Long Islander Eric Crugnale is a pleasant revelation on the scene... Eric's smooth singer songwriter sound compares well to David Mead or Brian Estepa. The title track has bits of Brian Wilson and Burt Bacharach wrapped in the main melody and hooked me right away. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" is catchy and bouncy guitar pop of the first order, and another big highlight is "I'm So Glad" with it's 70's soft pop falsetto. "What We Deserve" is a grand orchestral pop number, with full strings and horns and "Never Thought" recalls Mike Viola's blend of pop beat and earnest vocal treatment...  most of the songs here are brilliant and it ends on the great Michael Carpenteresque "Old Enough To Know." Just add it belatedly to my 2010's "top ten" pile." - The Power Popaholic (www.powerpopaholic.com)

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