12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Self-produced and recorded in a former church in Maine, Landline is a massive-sounding album of adult pop that features a number of special guests, from Sara Bareilles on the opening track, "Come Back Down," to Laswell's wife, Ingrid Michaelson, on the title track. Laswell hits a musical groove that takes Coldplay's atmospheric grandeur and filters it through his own lyrical concerns, where life is there for the inspiration and the emotion. "Another Life to Lose" is deeply gripping. Elizabeth Ziman joins Laswell for the dark and ominous "Back To You." Sia turns "Dragging You Around" into a radio-ready pop tune. "New Year's Eves" has that misty and reflective (but meticulously produced) vibe that many listeners will recognize as the style often heard on NCIS and Grey's Anatomy, where Laswell's music has been featured in the past. This version of the album includes the bonus track "She Tears It out of Me."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Self-produced and recorded in a former church in Maine, Landline is a massive-sounding album of adult pop that features a number of special guests, from Sara Bareilles on the opening track, "Come Back Down," to Laswell's wife, Ingrid Michaelson, on the title track. Laswell hits a musical groove that takes Coldplay's atmospheric grandeur and filters it through his own lyrical concerns, where life is there for the inspiration and the emotion. "Another Life to Lose" is deeply gripping. Elizabeth Ziman joins Laswell for the dark and ominous "Back To You." Sia turns "Dragging You Around" into a radio-ready pop tune. "New Year's Eves" has that misty and reflective (but meticulously produced) vibe that many listeners will recognize as the style often heard on NCIS and Grey's Anatomy, where Laswell's music has been featured in the past. This version of the album includes the bonus track "She Tears It out of Me."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
25 Ratings
25 Ratings
Chad34758934

Discovered on Pandora

Fantastic!

Djdisi

Different and fantastic

This is a gorgeous Greg laswell album that on the first couple listens I've had so far, takes a slightly more upbeat and pop-centric approach than previous albums. He sounds great solo but some of the greatest songs from this album feature uniquely beautiful duets with talented singer/songwriter female artists including his wife Ingrid Michaelson. One of the most catchy songs would have to be Dragging You Around by featuring Sia. All in all, a great buy for the price!

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What you'd expect from Greg Laswell.

About Greg Laswell

Originally from Long Beach, California, producer/singer/songwriter Greg Laswell moved to San Diego in the early '90s to attend college. He became involved in the city's music scene by fronting a local band, Shillglen, and founding All the Rest Records. Shillglen broke up in 2001, leaving Laswell free to write his own pop/rock material and devote more time to studio work. He made his solo debut with the release of 2003's Good Movie, which he financed himself and released on his own label. When All the Rest Records went out of business one year later, he started a new company -- 20 Inch Records -- and began working as a producer.

Good Movie became a local success, earning Laswell a contract with Vanguard Records in the process. He signed with the label and released a sophomore album, Through Toledo, in 2006. The album had been written and recorded during Laswell's divorce from his first wife, and its promising sound -- wistful, somber, but tuneful nonetheless -- earned him a spot on the Hotel Cafe's European tour. While touring in early 2008, he released an EP titled How the Day Sounds and readied himself for the arrival of his third album, Three Flights from Alto Nido, which appeared that summer. Around this time Laswell's songs began appearing in films (Friends with Benefits, My Sister's Keeper) and television series (Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy). A Covers EP arrived in 2009, followed by the full-length Take a Bow in May 2010.

Laswell issued his fourth outing, Landline, in 2012. Recorded in an old church/home studio in eastern Maine, Landline featured guest vocals from Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Sia, and Elizabeth Ziman. For 2014's I Was Going to Be an Astronaut, he re-recorded ten songs from his catalog and included a cover of "It's a Wonderful Life" in memory of its composer, Sparklehorse's Mark Linkous. Returning in early 2016, Laswell delivered Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet, his seventh LP and first set of new songs since 2012. ~ Marisa Brown

HOMETOWN
Long Beach, CA
BORN
April 26, 1974

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