Long Island native and frontman for The Movielife and I Am The Avalanche, Vinnie Caruana, introduced his solo work to the world in the form of the ‘City By The Sea’ EP back in 2013, but has now returned to this venture via his first full-length record, ‘Survivor’s Guilt’. It’s a record that allows Caruana to flex his muscles and showcase more of his material, but mainly produces more of the same in a somewhat disjointed manner.
Opening the record is ‘Burn It Down’, which reintroduces the trademark vocal style of the reknowned frontman with a rhythmically catching guitar under the gruff performance. Caruana keeps the rough vocals as a theme across this record, made only more apparent on slower paced tracks such as the lyrically questionable ‘Angel Of The North’, named after the famous UK landmark, and the more heartfelt number, ‘Under My Side Of The Bed’.
There are some faster paced songs on the record in the form of ‘Heavy Weighs The Summer’ and ‘I Don’t Believe You’, but the main issue with tracks of this nature is that they all too easily blend together and end up somewhat indistinguishable from each other. Record closer ‘Your Religion Is Killing Me’ finally delivers something refreshingly different, with a strong instrumental performance leading the charge and somewhat more chaotic vocals soaring above any former monotony. It’s just a shame it took so long.
‘Survivor’s Guilt’ is a solid full-length release from Vinnie Caruana, it just struggles to stand apart from any other rock frontman releasing a solo album which, let’s be honest, aren’t really in short supply. To stand out in this particular market you need something different, which unfortunately isn’t there, no matter how strong the individual performances are.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)