This CD is a mixed bag really. Some tracks like "The Canarsie Daiquiri" and "Ass Man" have some great moments in them, but others are far too sparse with little of what's known as melody.
Cucurullo's influences are blatant in this CD, with Zappa and Vai being two of the most likely culprits, the former obviously lending his name to the title of this album.
Other tracks on this CD are really really over processed and his use of effects just gets way too much. You end up longing to hear a normal guitar sound on it. It was exactly the same when I saw him live, and then you could hear a huge hiss between songs, where the guitar sound was so processed.
The real stunner on this album is the title track, but he has done a real dis-service to it by including the recording he has. It is a live version of the first time he ever played the track live, recorded straight onto mini-disc. The feeling is all there (for once on this album), but you can hear the signal clip as the mini-disc input was too high. A minor complaint maybe, but it ruins an otherwise great song.
Overall, a good debut album...