Long Islandâ€™s Danny Rocco aims pretty high with his debut The Future is Now, going beyond the staid and routine songs his peers have been churning out. Unfortunately he doesnâ€™t always reach the intended heights. The acoustic strumming, singer songwriter (backed by the band End the Stars) starts the album of with the strongly original, addictive title track â€œThe Future is Now,â€ but the rest of the album tries, and for the most part fails, to live up to that first song.
Rocco concentrates a bit too much on his obvious influences, everyone from Chris Carrabbaâ€™s Dashboard Confessional, to Maroon 5. The result comes off sounding more than a bit disjointed, and when he finally interjects some distorted, rock guitars on â€œRun,â€ two thirds into the album The Future is Now becomes a full-blown identity crisis. Before the album was even released, Rocco had inexplicable received some coverage from a handful of online punk music Web sites, so itâ€™s obvious that his label is pushing him out as a pop/punk singer songwriter, a label that makes little sense, but at least is in keeping with his impossible to define style of music.
Top Tracks: â€œThe Future is Now,â€ They Fight, They Fallâ€
Rating: 5.9 out 10
Danny Rocco â€“ the Future is Now (CD) / Oort Records / 11 Tracks / http://www.oortrecords.com