Hard-hitting new music from a San Diego songwriter/producer
Okay, so what? Here's another album about heartbreak ... or heartache. But isn't the worry that when each of us stares down heartbreak/ache (we all do)—we just want so desperately to know that as many as possible are just as miserable as we are? Misery doesn't just need company: it needs a very specific sort of kinship. And it needs someone who can profoundly articulate it—not just rhyme a few words about some inconsiderate asshole. It's not important to reveal the specific catalyst for Greg Laswell's latest record, "Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet" but rather to focus anew on what makes him one of the most uncompromising songwriters of these modern times. You may recognize a bit of Leonard Cohen in his tormented baritone. You might think of Tom Waits when you sense how deep down in the gut these songs come from. But if there is a quality that still and ever marks out Laswell's writing, it is an ability to use words like unrepentant paper cuts. His pen is mighty—especially when it's aimed at the heart. And the songs urge you to join in pushing the point in deeper. Filter described Greg's songs as "Punches to the gut." And Blurt said of his music that it's both "majestic and meditative." On the title track Laswell matter-of-factly confesses, "Everyone thinks I dodged a bullet / But I think I shot the gun." Loaded words, for an album loaded with open wounds.