There is nothing pathetic in Analise Scarpaci’s LITTLE PATHETIC DREAMER

Listening to Analise Scarpaci’s new album PATHETIC LITTLE DREAMER, it’s hard not to compare her work as a singer-songwriter to the great singer-songwriters who preceded her. There will come a day when Analise’s name will be on the list of great singer-songwriters… but the gender qualifier is useless because Analise Scarpaci will be considered a great singer-songwriter, period. Feminine, masculine, non-binary, fluid, whatever: Analise Scarpaci will establish herself as a great singer-songwriter, based solely on the merit of her work. The proof is in this seven-song, twenty-six-minute album, so enjoyable it’s destined to become one of the “most played” on your device.

Pathetic Little Dreamer was Analise Scarpaci’s pandemic project and the music world is better off for it, especially since industrious label Broadway Records picked it up for distribution, with artist Robbie Rozelle transforming the gorgeous photos by Matt Murphy and the liner notes by Scarpaci into a generous CD booklet, one that will come in handy, in the name of artistic exploration and enjoyment. Each of the seven songs is a creation of musical storytelling, but sometimes it’s possible to get carried away by Scarpaci’s pristine vocals and earworm melodies, and the poetry of the lyrics can momentarily get lost. It’s a treat to read Analise’s thoughts on each composition, then follow the libretto, examining phrases and thoughts that may gain prominence when seen, rather than heard, especially on numbers with particularly thoughtful lyrics like “Charlie”. There will, in fact, be times when the listener is advised to just hit play and go to town, and times when a cup of tea and that CD booklet are a great way to spend half an hour in musical meditation – it all depends on the mood you are in. Introspection will be served by the words of Scarpaci, and jubilation, by the music.

Chances are the title track will sink your teeth into you (as it did with this writer, who hasn’t sung another song in two weeks), with its groove and emotional performances by studio musicians clearly invested in the story told by Scarpaci. Meanwhile, the “I Don’t Write Love Songs” radio loan is perfect for that obligatory dance break whenever you feel like celebrating life, love, or the light streaming in through the window. Rather, light is a predominant mood throughout the album, as musical genres blend and blend with each other, based on Scarpaci’s musical mission statement and the influences that informed that mission in as a singer and songwriter. Observe the singer’s ability to contain her vocal performance on “Drive” in order to retain the melancholy tenderness of the lyrics, or the imperative and important direct reinforcement that puts “My Little Voice” in the pocket of the narration – a highlight on an album brimming with excellence.

Analise Scarpaci is one of the cast in the Broadway musical Mrs. Doubtfire – she plays the teenage daughter of Daniel and Miranda Hillard. She is not a teenager, however, which may be hard to believe by looking at the photos in the album. It’s true that Analise Scarpaci is young… but she’s not a child, and that shows in the depths found in her writing. She is a woman who may not (yet) have experienced some of the life lessons and rites of passage that we all have, but she has had her own life journey, and what she has learned in along the way has, thankfully, been used to spawn these seven songs, beautifully produced and mixed by Michael J. Mortiz jr., that writer’s favorite being the raw rock & roll infused “Seventh Stage of Grief” – a composition in which the challenge of the lyrics is highlighted by the determination in the music in a way that will resonate with every person who has felt small, who has felt invisible, who has felt the sting of having committed crimes against her and emerged from darkness into light. The song is the anchor of the album, an album filled with positive, life-affirming evidence that, even in times as dark as a global pandemic, something valuable can happen, especially through art and this catalytic process through which artists take the moments of their lives, the emotions in their being, and apply them to their craft.

Singer-songwriter Analise Scarpaci is such an artist and Pathetic Little Dreamer is one of those treasured moments – deep, pretty and enjoyable, but not at all pathetic.

“Pathetic Little Dreamer” is produced and mixed by Michael J. Moritz Jr.. Musicians include Adam DeAscentis on bass, Jakob Reinhardt on guitar, Tom Jorgenson on drums and Damon Grant on percussion. Michael J Moritz Jr is musical director as well as piano and synths. The album is engineered by Jakob Reinhardt.

Analise Scarpaci PATHETIC LITTLE DREAMER is a 2021 release released by Broadway Records. It is available on all streaming platforms and on the Broadway Records website HERE. Signed copies will soon be available.

Analise Scarpaci has a website HERE.

Jack L. Goldstein