Three Flights from Alto Nido
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Three Flights from Alto Nido

July 8, 2008

  Song Title
It's Been A Year
That It Moves
The One I Love
Comes and Goes (In Waves)
How The Day Sounds
Sweet Dream
Days Go On
I'd Be Lying
Not Out
And Then You
That It Moves (GarageBand Demo)

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  • Original Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Release Date: July 8, 2008
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Vanguard Records
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  • Total Length: 42:06
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,583 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This CD improves with repeated listening. Several pieces tend to begin quiety then increase to a larger sound. I like it better every time I play it. The pieces definitely pick up towards the end, from track 7 -10 particularly. Singer/songwriter Laswell plays piano, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonium, bells, organ and bass -- variety of talents, huh?

1 -- It's been a year: mellow acoustic guitar 7/10
2 -- That it moves: has a radio play sound, many instruments with some sweeping melodies 8/10
3 -- The one I love: Reflective lyrics with slow, driving melody 8/10
4 -- Comes and goes: gentle acoustic guitar, piano mixed in, love the lyrics (this one's for the lonely/the ones that seek and find/only to be let down/time after time/this one's for the torn down/the experts at the fall/common friends get up now/you're not alone at all...)Molly Jenson accompanies Greg's yearning tenor in a soulful mix 9/10
5 -- How the day sounds: syncopated piano chords opening, has a ColdPlay sound to it 8/10
6 -- Sweet Dream: some strings accompany his voice, gentle piece, quite short 8/10
7 -- Days go on: faster, driving rhythms, hypnotic song 9/10
8 -- I'd be lying: one of the longer pieces at 4:45, swells to a haunting chorus 9/10
9 -- Farewell: piano, guitar, banjo w/background Molly Jenson 9/10
10 -- Not out: my favorite!! soothing lyrics and music to start then at 2:34 mark builds into a fine, sexy sound 10/10
11 -- And then you: melancholy, simple guitar with piano 8/10
12 -- (hidden track)That it moves: acoustic version 7/10

If these tracks sound vaguely familiar it may be because some of Greg's music is on tv soundtracks such as Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Many of the songs have an intimate, brooding quality that indie rock enthusiasts will enjoy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so good. June 24, 2009
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Ok. So.

Greg Laswell is amazing-ness. His last record blew me away and was on repeat for about 2 months. This album delivers the same response but at a slightly higher level. His lyrics just know how to describe exactly what you can't and his harmonies hook you into a more beautiful world.

I can't believe they are selling "genius" for $1.99. It's like a gift for the summer. "Sorry you lost your job, but you have more time to listen to beauty at the beach."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd Be Lying July 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Greg Laswell has made my days brighter and more brilliant. He is every kind of good any one has claimed him to be and then some. Three Flights has proven to be a collection of music that music should be. Each track sparkles like the gem it is. Greg knows how to give the entire package, gifting us with his accessible and smart lyrics and melodies. Unpretentious and endearing. Inspiring and Refreshing. Brooding and sweet. His spring ep release of "How the Day Sounds" EP was all too exciting, and Three Flights From Alto Nido is more than just a bonus. I can't even describe how unprepared I was for "I'd Be Lying." And I'd be lying if I told you you this album isn't magical. The same goes for hearing his music live. A witty, gentle, soulful man. Obviously, I'm a huge fan of honest music. But, of all the music I'm so fortunate to experience, Greg's is at the top. A gift! Happy listening and living.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recording June 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Excellent recording. I'm enjoying immensely the songwriting and musicianship. Real enjoyable vocals. (Jonathan Richman if he was raised in the midwest?) The rhythms are moving; the beat has drive. I have my tickets for the Saint Louis show!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, gorgeous June 18, 2009
By FroggyM
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I generally like more upbeat music. But this album, and his first, are so haunting and wonderful. I just love them. Exquisite. Thank you, Greg, please keep making music. Your albums are such gems in my massive music collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth and soulful April 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid album
I would give this album 5 stars but as always there's just something that prevents me, namely I just don't find a couple songs to my liking
Published 1 month ago by generalcheezit
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This album is fantastic acoustic. it gets my full recommendation. I hope that any of you will also enjoy it!
Published 2 months ago by Christopher F Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
I had never heard of Greg Laswell before hearing a track from this CD on Pandora. Occasionally a song will catch my attention when I am putzing about on the computer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gerald H. Stidham
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Flights From Alto Nido by Greg Laswell
The songs on this CD are quite meaningful, and there are several on this one CD that grab my heat because I can relate to them. Read more
Published 6 months ago by WT
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
Decent music. Lacks the depth of song writing lyricism but a good effort. Good music arrangements. I think with more life experiences Greg's songwriting will mature.
Published 7 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Why do we never hear him on the radio?
I got into Greg Laswell with his more current hit, Come Back Down, with Sara Barrelis. The songs are very easy to listen to (oh boy does that make me sound like an old person! Read more
Published 10 months ago by T. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic singer/songwriter
Greg Laswell has become one of my favorite singer/songerwriter/musicians. His songs are haunting w/ astounding lyrics. I would recommend this cd to anyone.
Published 15 months ago by Janine Klinker
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This absolutely the best CD I've bought in years. I wasn't familiar with his music before, but wow, this Guy has a great voice , great melodies, lyrics.. the works! Read more
Published on March 30, 2010 by T. Kessler
3.0 out of 5 stars Good voice, good songs, but over-produced sound
You should buy Laswell earlier CD "Through Toledo" (it has excellent songs with excellent sound quality)instead of this new CD. Read more
Published on July 24, 2009 by roger c
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, but a Bit Over-produced
Greg Laswell is a great artist and songwriter, but some tracks have vocals which are over-produced. "Comes and Goes" starts off remarkable, but the chorus dilutes the song's power... Read more
Published on April 27, 2009 by M. MCKENZIE
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