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Balanced On a Pin

Greg MacPherson

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Balanced on a Pin is an intriguing debut from a relatively unknown independent singer/songwriter who has garnered sweeping praise throughout his native Canada. Blending sensitive folk-rock with subtle elements of urban toughness, Greg MacPherson delivers meditative music steeped in honesty and vivid imagery. His soft vocals are similar in tone to Jeff Buckley and Duncan Sheik — both vibrant and haunting — while his lyrics pay a poet's tribute to the Manitoba region. Most songs on this disc are in the easy listening, pop vein, yet others offer a glimpse of a harder, edgier musician. Songs like "West St. James" and "Buy a Ticket" are delivered in an aggressive modality, accompanied by crisp, tight pop/rock hooks, signaling a range of talent that MacPherson has only just begun to tap. Although his overall lyrical phrasing is uneven and sometimes awkward, his self-produced release shows some promise.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Long before this Winnipeg, Manitoba native was granted a loan by the Manitoba Film and Sound organization (with financial assistance from CBC Radio) for the production of his 1999 debut recording, Greg MacPherson was already an established and much-toured musical entity throughout Canada. Career highlights include co-scoring the soundtrack for Jeff Erbach's 1995 film, Gavin Frogboy; opening for Canadian singer/songwriter David Wilcox and again for Chris DeBurgh in 1996; and 1998 performances at Ontario's...
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