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Acoustic-minded Altobelli switches gears on 'Without a Home'

| Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:39 p.m.

‘Without a Home'

Nicholas Altobelli (Dalton)

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Dallas-based singer/songwriter Nicholas Altobelli started his recording career as an acoustic-based folk singer, but has made a noticeable shift in strategy for latest album “Without a Home.” Adding drums, electric guitars and occasional harmony vocals have helped flesh out Altobelli's sound and could result in some mainstream attention for this solid 10-track release. Though Altobelli's voice is good, there's nothing that really sets it apart in a crowded singer/songwriter pack. Fortunately, he offsets that to a certain degree by being a first-rate writer and serves up a series of standout tunes in “The Lucky Ones,” “I Don't Think Tonight Is Going to Be a Good Night,” “Over My Head,” “L.A. Rain,” “Never Enough” and “I Just Want to Feel Real.” Hopefully he'll continue making music in this vein. The fuller, more realized sound makes his songs all the more effective.

Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1952, or jsisk@tribweb.com.

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