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Buddha Pesto Manifesto.  The new solo* album from Dave Caruso.

*Every word.  Every note.

#9 Power Pop Album of 2017
"While there are more than a few very worthy tracks here, the standout single for me is 'The Girl Who Checks All The Boxes.'  A whopping hook from start to finish, [It's] not only catchy has hell, it’s lyrically brilliant in its simplicity. It’s one of those songs that you hear and say to yourself Damn, I wish I wrote that."  GET IT.

Richard Rossi / Power Pop News  [Full Review]

Top 13 Essential Tracks for 2017
("The Girl Who Checks All the Boxes")
Rick Warhall / Chasing the Essential

#17 Top Albums of 2017
Paolo Milea / Power Pop Station

18 Favorite Albums of 2017
"That Caruso is able to negotiate the waters of decision in his lyrics while painting delicious landscapes with his melodic brush is a testament to his skill as a writer and performer. He is on his own in these 10 songs, playing all of the instruments and singing all of the vocals. Aided masterfully by Andy Reed, who mixed and mastered, bringing each element of these songs to glorious life, Caruso has made a career-defining album stocked deep with catchy songs."
Alan Haber / Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio  [Full Review]

#60 Top 100 of 2017
"Caruso has a slick pop sound informed by Elvis Costello, Squeeze, and of course The Beatles and he puts those influences to good use in 'Boomer, Jenna & Lennie' (which also reminds me of Mark Bacino), 'Hanging With You' (which could be a Beatles '65 outtake), and 'God's Green Acre' (a lovely chamber-pop ballad). Elsewhere, Caruso's gift for Costello-like wordplay comes to the fore with 'Punctuating Shatner.'  But Caruso's appeal on this album can be summed up by the title of one of its better tracks, 'The Girl Who Checks All the Boxes,' as he checks all the boxes when it comes to fans of smart, melodic adult pop."
Stephen Ferra / Absolute Powerpop  [Full Review]

A Perfect Album
"Each song has its own earworm – some with several.  ...It’s the hallmark of a good pop song, and Caruso has managed to do it not once but 10 times. 
'I Get to Make You Laugh' [is] a perfect ending to a perfect album. Buddha Pesto Manifesto is one of the top listens of 2017 so far – there’s not a bad apple in the bunch."
Peter Lee / Hooks & Harmony  [Full Review]

A Must-Have
“I highly recommend ‘Buddha Pesto Manifesto.’ All original compositions, written, arranged, recorded and performed by Dave. If you love pop music, it's a must-have.”
Jeff Grzywinski / Co-Host of Strange Magic on Rewind 94.3

Highly Recommended
"Caruso teases you on 'Go Ahead (Don’t Listen)' an Elvis Costello-like rocker, and it then draws you into his world with his soft and inviting vocal.  What follows is the brilliant pop narrative 'Boomer, Jenna & Lennie,' a nostalgic story that recalls Andrew Gold mixed with Brian Wilson-styled vocals.  Each track is a wonderful surprise from the hymn-like harpsichord pop of  'God’s Green Acre' to the 80’s style power pop of 'Getting Involved' and 'Allendale.'  There is plenty of humorous wordplay with the 'Punctuating Shatner,' and the heartbreaking 'I Get To Make Her Laugh' will make you think about all those class clowns who are crying on the inside. Not a wasted note here and Highly Recommended."

Aaron Kupferberg / Powerpopaholic  [Full Review]

"Boomer, Jenna & Lennie" is the first single off Dave's 2017 album, "Buddha Pesto Manifesto."  Melodic Pop Connoisseur, Alan Haber calls it "a classic, ever-so-catchy Eric Carmen-styled number about negotiating life’s path and the ups and downs that are presented along the way. Light, percussive piano, electric guitar stabs and a sumptuous melody propel this song to the top of the pops."

It's official!  Dave Caruso's Cardboard Vegas Roundabout
is one of the most highly praised melodic pop albums of 2014!

Best Albums of 2014, #6: 'Cardboard Vegas Roundabout'
Best Songs of 2014, #7: 'The Art of Erica'

"T
en finely crafted tunes.  Caruso lays down some of the most complex vocal arrangements of the year, and succeeds over-and-over again.  Tasty songcraft."
Jeffrey Raskin / Host, The Big Show & Program Dir., Pop That Goes Crunch
  [Full Review]

17 Most-Played Songs of 2015, tied for #10: "Your Fake Friends"
"If you don't like this, there's somethin' wrong with ya."
Carl Cafarelli & Dana Bonn / Hosts, This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio 
[2015 Countdown Show]

21 Favorite Records of 2014: 'Cardboard Vegas Roundabout'
"Dave’s miracle of an album is one of the best releases of this or any year...
Magnificent sound.  Lovely, melodic songs. Crafted with care.  Sharp musicianship and gorgeous, multi-part harmonies.  I am in love, love, love with Dave’s music.
Alan Haber / Program Director, PurePop Radio  [Review #1]  [Review #2]

Best Albums of 2014, #75: 'Cardboard Vegas Roundabout'
David Bash / International Pop Overthrow

Rating: 9 Out of 10
"'Cardboard Vegas Roundabout' is worthy of the praise it's getting among the power pop intelligentsia.  The music is fresh, catchy and above all original.  Caruso is no slouch in the lyric department either, with writing that is often poignant, introspective and topical."
Eric Abrahamsen / Glory Daze Music   [Full Review]

Best of 2014, Featured: 'Cardboard Vegas Roundabout'
"Dave Caruso delivers tunes and lyrics that will draw you in, play with your emotions, and satisfy all your musical cravings. Cracking stuff indeed!"
Wayne Lundqvist Ford / Host, Ice Cream Man Power Pop & More Show on Radio Andra and Pop That Goes Crunch Radio

A Slice of Pure Pop Bliss
"Dave Caruso is a primo purveyor of elegantly crafted sunshine pop. Fresh and ultra-listenable from start to finish.  Pitch-perfect vocal arrangements and songs with flowing melodies and neat little lyrical asides." 
John Borack / Goldmine Magazine 
[Full Review]

Loaded With Hits
"One of the best releases of 2014."
Craig Leve / Host, Snap, Crackle Pop on KWVA Eugene 88.1 FM

All Killer, No Filler
"Dave Caruso's 'Cardboard Vegas Roundabout' is pure pop bliss."
Michael McCartney / Host & 
Program Dir., The Time Machine Radio Show / KEAO FM / KMNO FM / KONI FM / KORL FM / KPMW FM / KRKH FM / KRYL FM / KJMQ FM / KKHI FM / Maui WOW Radio Network

Satisfying Pure Pop
"I found the first jewel of the year: Dave Caruso's 'Champion.'  Highly tuneful.  Like eating frosting straight from the jar.  
Splattered throughout the song are Beach-Boys harmonies – even the “ba, ba ba ba” that the Beach Boys were known for and a high-pitched “wooo” that would make Brian Wilson swoon.  Caruso has a knack for melody and harmony."
Peter Lee / Hooks & Harmony  [Full Review]

Highly Recommended
"An expected pleasure.  Dave
really has the vocal technique honed on his Beach Boys tribute, 'Champion.'  Caruso’s guitar pop hits a winner with 'Your Fake Friends,' a jangle-tastic single Another big highlight is the Elvis Costello-like ballad, 'The Art of Erica.'"
Aaron Kupferberg / The Powerpopaholic 
[Full Review]

Highly Recommended
"Every once in awhile, I have the pleasure of listening to a real winner, and this is the first one of the new year.  There is a lot of variety in Caruso's songwriting, and his pleasant voice is up to the task of switching gears whenever necessary."
Dan Pavelich / Kenosha News

Like Having Dinner at the Vatican With the Pope
"'Cardboard Vegas Roundabout' is fresh, original and engaging.  One of my favorites, 'The Art of Erica,' reminds me a bit of Elvis Costello. The jangle-pop of 'Your Fake Friends' will surely please the most discerning of powerpop fans. Other standout tracks: 'Champion,' 'I’ve Tried To Write You' and 'Its a Great Day for The Angels.'
Richard Rossi / Power Pop News  [Full Review]

Cardboard Vegas Roundabout by Dave Caruso

Overdue.  Worth the wait.  Get yours now.

 

Once more 'round with Elizabeth Parker
by
Dave Caruso

Pop Craft of a High Order
"
Caruso demonstrates pop craft of a high order here. The title track is the standout, a jangly treat that would have fit it perfectly on The Red Button's 2007 album of the yearI'm going to have to make a judgment call on whether this one qualifies for the 2009 EP list, because on merit alone it's a gimme."
Steve Ferra / Absolute Powerpop
 [Full Review]

Instantly Catchy and Accessible
"...Sunny, chiming guitar melodies that are instantly catchy and accessible. The songcraft is top notch, a perfect example is the Elvis Costello sounding title track “Elizabeth Parker”. The next gem is “I Can’t Be On Time,” a finely tuned slice of 80’s styled power pop.  The bossa nova ballad “If I Died Today” and strong guitar riffs of “Letter To My Ex” round out the album. An excellent addition to your music collection."
Aaron Kupferberg / Powerpopaholic  [Full Review]

Captivating
"Before releasing Cardboard Vegas Roundabout, Dave recorded ['Elizabeth Parker,'] an EP that is just as captivating. We’re playing four songs in rotation: the title track, 'I Can’t Be On Time,' 'If I Died Today,' and 'Letter to My Ex.' A double dose of Dave Caruso will do you good!"
Alan Haber / Pure Pop Radio  [Full Review]

Brill Building-esque
"Elvis Costello Alert!  Here's a guy that knows his way around a pop song!  He delivers five Brill Building-esque pop nuggets."
Ray Gianchetti / Kool Kat Musik

Vivid Colors
"...an island of vivid colors amidst the sea of black & monotonous pop music today."
Paolo Milea /
Powerpop Station

Payoff is Big
"Great EP for pure pop fans!  Payoff is big if you are a fan of early Costello, Squeeze and Joe Jackson."
Bruce Bodeen / Not Lame Records