Greg Laswell Take a Bow

May 1, 2010

TakeABowProducer and songwriter Greg Laswell’s third solo album is a strong one, delivering the sort of open, soaring pop and rock made famous by Coldplay and U2. Sounding vocally a bit like a more gruff, baritone John Legend, Greg opens “My Fight (For You)” with a pulsating, classicallyflavored piano pattern, which then evolves into an rollicking rock chorus. “Lie To Me” balances piano and banjo textures in a floating dream of a song, while “Come Clean” opens with a fluid Wurlitzer solo, quickly tying its melody lines in unison with sad, whispering vocals. Take a Bow was born and raised in a secluded Arizona cabin, with Greg creating all vocal and instrumental parts himself — an impressive feat, especially given the album’s notably lush, vibrant soundscape.

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