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Album Review

The Storys specialize in lush harmony and high-flying pop songs, the kind of songs that remind one of sunny summer days, falling in love, and sleeping late on Sunday. The Storys are blessed with four singer/songwriters, which gives the band — Steve Balsamo, Andy Collins, Dai Smith, Rob Thompson, Brian Thomas, and Alan Thomas — lots of versatility within the pop medium. The arrangements of songs like "Roll Like a Stone" are buoyant and full, a broad mix of acoustic and electric elements, with each instrument allowed to stand out in the mix. Incredibly, the Storys began recording the album in Thompson's kitchen before moving to a converted cinema, where they recorded 30 songs over the next six months; 11 of those songs were chosen for The Storys, and the album was released independently before being picked up by Warner Music in the U.K. The Storys' happy sound has deep roots in '60s and '70s pop, and the band will probably be compared to contemporary pop bands like Oasis. These comparisons, though, are just a way of placing the Storys on the pop spectrum. The Storys is a charming debut that will please anyone who still believes that one of music's most basic obligations is to make the listener feel good. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews


I am a huge storys fan and I have loved them for years. Actually my uncle is the lead singer. They are a great band who I think don't get enough credit for their great work. They have made some great songs like "Cinnamon" and alot more classics. Listen to them all!!!

Excellent vocal group with suprising depth

Sure, it's pop music, but the songs are well crafted and seldom get dull. Everything's catchy. Words are good to outstanding, the vocal harmonies are Eagles meet Beatles meet Styx meet Elton John...hard to find a fault there. A worthy buy from coast to coast, which is rare these days. Most artists have 3 good songs, and flesh out an album with pap. Not the case here. EP

this is a great album

it's so fresh to hear vocal harmonies again and these guys are tight. every track shines.


Formed: 2003 in Swansea, Wales

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although the Storys were from South Wales, the group’s 1960s and 1970s sunny pop sound felt like it was straight out of California, with solid songs, bright harmonies, thoughtful arrangements, and a clear sense of what it was they wanted to do. Blessed with four gifted songwriters and singers, the group formed in Swansea, Wales in 2003 and eventually settled on a lineup of Steve Balsamo (guitar, vocals), Andy Collins (bass, vocals), Rob Thompson (guitar, vocals), Brian Thomas (drums), Alan Thomas...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Adult Alternative
  • Released: Mar 13, 2006

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