Here’s an album that comes straight from the heart of the composer. Greg Verner delivers a project that obviously covers a lot of subjects dear to him and allows room for much experimenting with styles as well as some interesting instruments, many of which he personally handles on many tracks, for certainly a unique sound. He is joined by band mates Jason Ratchford (electric, lead and rhythm guitars), Shaun Parris (drums), and Chris Kerr on bass with special appearances by Ian Aker (sax) and Brett Waye (bass).
I have to say most of the songs are quirky, yet the creative approach to both lyrics and collaborative musicianship makes for a winning combination. “Heartache In The Arctic” is definitely one of my favorite cuts. Everything about it—the melody, the arrangement, and especially the piano stylings of Verner himself—loved it. “Film Noir Girl” is an uptempo, tongue-in-cheek look at becoming a victim of circumstance in a dark relationship. “Shoveling Smoke” takes a stand on second-hand smoke, with added bells, whistles and special effects.
“Loidi’s Lavish Ling Ling Lotion” is a silly concoction of a song dedicated to those promises of youthful vitality. “Snapshot” softens the mood with a solo Verner on vocals and grand piano. The sound is reminiscent of Alfie Zappacosta. “Spinning A Web” turns things jazzy with an incredible beat that showcases guest Ian Aker on tenor sax. “Imitation” once again allows Verner to carry a sincere love song while providing exquisite backing instrumentation. “The Good Clean Fun” chronicles the life of a band on stage, a great sound with some interesting harmonies/backing vocals. “Bonfire” is as the subject implies about that summertime ritual, but this campfire song comes complete with not only guitar, but sitar synth, several percussive instruments and actual crickets! A great way to bring things to a close. For more information about Greg Verner visit gregverner.com.