Pointing out that alto nido translates from the Spanish as high nest, Laswell explains that Three flights up implies that you re on your way to a high nest, even if you re not quite there yet. Whereas Through Toledo was intimate and autobiographical … see full wiki
Greg Laswell has one of those voices that I could listen to for hours. He sings his own songs very well, of course, but I'd love to hear him sing just about anything. When he performs live, his version of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" (which he says is a sad song, and he proves it) is simply incredible. I think he could sing just about anything well.
But here on his second full-length CD, "Three Flights from Alto Nido," is where he really shows his talent. From the songs he's written to the way he performs them, it's a delight to listen to from beginning to end.
Laswell tends to write and sing songs about the ups and downs of love and relationships. Many are heartfelt remembrances of relationships at the end, after most everything has been said and done. One of my favorites - "That It Moves" - is about a song that he was going to write with his girl, but he's finishing it himself because it's over. "It finishes itself, I regret," he says in the song's first verse, but then goes on to ask her if she likes the way it moves. "The One I Love" is a song along similar lines, about a man running away from his love and unsure why.
Not all the songs are about heartbreak, though. In "I'd Be Lying" he sings to a girl who he wants to be with, describing how he wants to help her shoulder her burdens and walk with her side by side. "Days Go On," which Laswell described as a "happy little guy" in a live show, is a deceptive number about a man who misses the woman he loves.
These are complex songs, all of them, speaking of sensitivities and the ins and outs of romantic love, and they each have a personality. Carried by Greg's smooth-as-silk vocals and music that accompanies it well on acoustic guitar and piano, these songs speak in a soulful, strident voice. They call out their messages and they sing of love's happiness and sadness in perfect measure.
Put simply, these 11 songs are not to be missed, and Greg Laswell is a talent to be watched.
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