Nut Suite. Mini reviews of albums old and new. Minimum words. No fuss. No spoilers [?]. Occasional smugs.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

GREG LASWELL / Landline [2012]

5 albums without any radioplay or major chart hits for Greg Laswell is one of life's greater mysteries. His somber, piano ballads about broken souls & confused hearts are perfect for the soundtrack of the airwaves.
For 2012's Landline, Laswell quietly slips some hip-hop beats into his writing which makes for quite an effective impact that should grab the attention of anyone listening.  With the help of several female guest vocalists (including Sia and Ingrid Michaelson), Laswell continues his trend of catchy, yet not annoying pop ballads, with thoughtful lyrics, skilled yet simple production and arrangements and all complimented with his bold, yet delicate voice.  It's not original or jaw-dropping, but for what it is, it's pretty damned good.

4 songs with the wifey out of 5

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