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Veteran singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Laswell will release his eighth albumNext Time on September 21st. Like his previous release, the acclaimed Everyone Thinks I Dodged A Bullet, the new album was entirely written, performed, produced and mixed by Laswell, with mastering by Grammy-winnerGavin Lurssen (Tom Waits, Queens of the Stone Age, Leonard Cohen).
The eleven songs comprising Next Time represent the largest breadth in sound and sentiment of any of Greg’s albums to date. The album is both more revealing and more visionary, a move from emotional crisis to biographical examination. “I feel more in control than I did on my last record,” he says. “Life is the most difficult it has ever been circumstantially, but I’m also kind of okay, even if just for moments, which is all life is anyway. My hope is that’s what came across with these songs.”
In a career of dramatic arcs, Next Time – perhaps a result of the real difficulties of seeing it through – would seem to represent a musical and emotional pinnacle for Greg. Indeed, it’s the album he has surely always meant to make, while life’s little (and sometimes very big) vagaries were getting in the way.