Artist: Amy Famiglietti
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Boston, Massachusetts native Amy Famiglietti has dreams of becoming a star in the music industry. With talents that include singing, songwriting, dancing and choreography and an ambitious outlook toward her career, she is destined to achieve her goal. Broken is Amy Famiglietti’s debut CD and features six songs. It is clear from the start of the first track that Amy is no ordinary singer. She is blessed with a rich, clear, powerful voice that will undoubtedly take her far in the industry.
Listening to this CD for the first time, I was struck by the power of Amy Famiglietti’s voice, but something about the CD bothered me. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it the first time, so I listened to it again…and again. Then, I finally understood. Though I don’t believe that American Idol promotes the finest talent in America, I do, on occasion glance at the show. For those of you who watch, just think back to a time when your favorite singer picked a song that was not quite right for them. They performed it well, but the song didn’t present a real challenge for them or they just seemed a tad bit awkward while performing, thus leaving you feeling like there is something missing. Amy Famiglietti does a great job with all six songs. There is no denying the power of her voice or her dedication. There is just something missing. A couple of the songs have an old-school beat and that just may be the key to the missing link. Most importantly, some of the songs don’t showcase the powerful pipes Famiglietti possesses.
That’s not to say that Broken is a bad demo CD. The lyrics are easy to understand and anyone can relate to them. Time to Set Things Right is perhaps the best song on the CD. It helps to showcase Amy’s voice and the lyrics are somewhat empowering, as the woman in the song realizes that she must take charge of her life and “set things right”. Also a favorite is Just Let Me Be Me, in which Amy tells all the nay-sayers and the people who want to change her style to step back and just enjoy the woman she is. An unfortunate drawback to the CD is the mixing. At times, Amy’s voice sounds a tad muffled.
In short, I believe that Amy Famiglietti has her eye on the prize and I believe that her goal is attainable. For a debut CD, Broken isn’t bad, but for her follow-up, it would be nice to hear some gutsier rock or some heavy-hitting ballads. Showcasing that voice is what will push this hopeful into stardom. To watch the video on Amy Famiglietti's Website in which Amy performs Time to Set Things Right at a local function, one could see she has obvious talent. One thing I can say for certain, Amy Fimiglietti has a place in the music industry. I’m fairly certain that this is an artist we will be hearing more of in the future.