Rittenhouse Square is the debut, self-released CD from singer/songwriter Neall Alcott from New Jersey. An IT (Information Technology) executive during the day, Neall was pleasantly surprised by the convergence of his two favorite pastimes: music and technology, in particular the Internet. This spurred Neall to get the guitars out of storage and to start writing and performing again. The result: Neall's debut CD, Rittenhouse Square.
Rittenhouse Square is a collection of 12 songs recorded between Jan. 2007 and June 2007. The songs are in the pop rock realm, with different influences (Beatles, XTC, Lindsey Buckingham, Squeeze, Michael Penn, U2, and others) that are blended together. The songs are actually a diverse collection, with styles ranging from acoustic/electric pop rock to folk rock to modern rock.
When asked whether this collection of songs were too diverse for today’s audiences, Neall says “At first I got concerned that the album was too diverse, but I always enjoyed diverse albums like the Beatles’ White Album, so I figured why not? My approach with the CD was to write and record songs that I would enjoy. So hopefully that explains the different styles and feels to the songs.”
If you have yet to hear Neall Alcott and his songs, you are missing out. Take a listen and discover the melodic pop rock sound that Neall has captured on Rittenhouse Square.