|Indie-Music.com: November 2002, by Jennifer Layton|
Sometimes I feel like contacting the other reviewers whose quotes I read in these press kits and ask them what theyre hearing that Im not. When a reviewer calls an artist a blend of Bowie, Liz Phair, and a little Ricky Martin to boot, I expect to hear some real energy. If Im still on track six waiting for the energy, its a bit of a letdown.
And Ariel Aparicio does deserve better. Had I not gone into All I Wanted ready to hear the punk, funk, alternative reggae and Latin promised in his press kit, I might have been more receptive to what this actually is. All I Wanted is a collection of pop/rock with a very 80s feel and a vocal with more depth and maturity than the pin-up pictures would suggest. The music does get bouncy at times, but its more of a gentle, easygoing beat, like hes trying to pace himself through the CD.
Hes definitely better in his dark moods. The whispered intro, morbid images, and unsettling music of Angels creates a definite impression:
She was the ecstasy queen
In his more upbeat moments, there is some electronica experimentation, Latin influences, and swaying acoustic tracks. Not exactly a mighty roar, but the purring isnt half bad.