Hearing Aide: Suke Cerulo’s ‘One Aim’
Suke Cerulo has an impressive resume. With a professional career in music going back as far as 1995 and a long list of musical accomplishments spread throughout the eleven years in between, Cerulo’s experience as a musician is as polished as they come. In addition to performing with the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, G. Love and Special Sauce, and moe., Cerulo has played a number of major music festivals and produced various multimedia projects.
The collective experience of these undertakings has lead to One Aim, Cerulo’s ninth studio album. Unlike his previous work, however, One Aim, is the first release under Cerulo’s name, a tribute that stems from his leading role in the making of the album. Featuring Matt Rubano of Taking Back Sunday and All American Rejects on bass and Erik Egol of Schleigho playing drums, One Aim is centered around the diverse musical background Cerulo has established over the past twenty years.
The record’s leading track, “It’s A Wonder,” represents the funk influence found in Cerulo’s music. The song is an evolution from his work with Schleigho, a jazz-fusion band that gave Cerulo his start upon graduating from Berklee College of Music in the early 90’s. Throughout its nine songs, One Aim explores Cerulo’s other influences as well; “Plastic Finger” begins with a booming guitar line draped in distortion and transitions into a slow groove before concluding with an intricately raucous solo. Track seven is “Leo’s Theme” the first of two instrumental songs on the album, the second being “Vee,” which ends the album with drawn out guitar riffs covering just under eleven minutes of elaborate musicianship. On an album of distinctive styles and consistently complex structures, “Vee” is the culmination of Cerulo’s innovative songwriting. The forty-nine minutes of music displayed throughout One Aim embodies years of musical development; as his first self-titled release, One Aim defines everything Suke Cerulo has learned thus far.
Key Tracks: It’s A Wonder, The Medicine Show, Vee