Greg Laswell – Take A Bow
May 4, 2010
The melodic indie/folk/rock by singer/songwriter Greg Laswell comes to full bloom on his new album “Take A Bow”. The album benefits from strong songwriting, excellent instrumental arrangements and interesting musical choices. Right off the bat Laswell impresses with the exciting Take Everything which is very rich in sound and sets the mood for the album perfectly.
The rich and intriguing sound and strong (at times even thrilling) songwriting keeps bringing the songs out very well all through the album. Laswell’s unique but excellent vocals create a certain feeling of mystique but at the same time it makes the songs sound familiar. I can’t explain it either but it’s definitely impressive.
Some songs that are good examples of the high quality of this album are Take Everything, Around The Bend, Take A Bow, In Front Of Me and the excellent closer Goodbye. At times Greg Laswell grabs back to the basics of indie-folk more and sometimes he just takes out everything to lay down a killer indie track.
For traditional singer/songwriter fans the album may be a little heavy and for the fans of powerful indie rock & roll it may be a little tame, but if you appreciate the mix of these two genres and open yourself for this album, Greg Laswell may just be one of the faces of the future of modern rock & roll. With “Take A Bow”, Laswell definitely puts himself on the map, though he should be on it already.