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Angry Tears – Angry Tears [2000]

ANGRYTEARS1Country USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 65/100

Band Members
Jack Ponti – Lead guitar,keyboards, Joey Sinopoli – Lead vocals,guitar, Nicky Sinopoli – Bass,backing vocals, Andres Karu – Drums

01. Go Easy On Me, 02. Keep Tonite, 03. Telephone Line, 04. Damiana, 05. Angry Tears, 06. Love Fades, 07. Diana, 08. Eyes, 09. Not Supposed To Fall In Love, 10. Other Side Of The Night

Profile In 1981, Jack Ponti was in a New Jersey rock band called “The Rest” (who had a lead singer called Jon Bon Jovi!). At the same time the Sinopoli brothers were in a Jersey shore band called “The Imports”. Both bands had strong local followings yet somehow their paths never crossed for some considerable time.

Eventually Joey Sinopoli got to meet Jack, who promptly played him some “Rest” demo tapes that he just finished, handed over his guitar and said ” Lets see what you got”! After playing a few tunes to Jack, it became apparent that there was mutual respect and later that week The Rest and The Imports were playing on the same bill. Soon after that the two guys started writing together, the first song they wrote was “Love Fades Away”, which can be found on this very album.

Through the passage of time both bands broke up, and “Angry Tears” was formed. Things went wild for a spell and the band played great shows for a year straight before going in different directions. Jack Ponti, of course, formed Surgin in 1985 and released the album “When Midnight Comes”, before going on to work with such people as Alice Cooper, Baton Rouge and Doro. Through the passage of time Ponti has been reunited with Joey Sinopoli and Angry Tears are once again a working unit.

Basically this album lets down Jack Ponti’s reputation as a perfectionist and an A1 producer. I just don’t like the sound of this album at all. It’s modern melodic rock, but the guitar is tuned so far down Nirvana would be impressed. The mix between the guitar and rhythm section is muddy, it’s only the vocals that are clearly audible. I am a big fan of Jack Ponti. When he write a song he write a hit with a choruse who stay in your head for a long time but now his work is very average.

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