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GOODNESS GREYNESS ME – Self Titled Album Review

GOODNESS GREYNESS ME – Goodness Greyness Me

Goodness Greyness MeGoodness Greyness Me is the solo project of veteran UK musician, Dan Kiener. Dan has been a sound engineer for The Gaslight Anthem amongst others and has released a very authentic album that will release on October 13th.

Opening with The Good Old Days Are Done, Goodness Greyness Me produce a mournful vocal layered over restrained guitar chords and slow drums with the fret changes clearly audible adding an authenticity and melancholy to the song. On Wounded Matador, a chunky and rhythmic guitar is joined by backing vocal chants, before the band channel Glass Animals and Vampire Weekend with danceable indie beats.

Hard To Shake punches things up with a Fall like guitar and rocking chorus with the pervasive riff building up with a rollicking chorus – this is one solid track! The fourth song on the ten-track album, Long Tooth, maintains the momentum with a radio accessible melody infused pleaser and it is followed by the Wombats like A Curious Thing, replete with eclectic, serrated guitars and clever lyrics.

The cleverly titled, Tryst And Shout is next and certainly rocks things up with an early Joy Division vibe.  Goodness Greyness Me have serious indie credentials creating a variety of approaches with Stabiliser a poppier song, up tempo in beat and juxtaposing a happier sound with darker lyrics.

Continuing their penchant for a clever title, If This Love Don’t Last Then We Sure Had A Blast is a dance floor pleaser with a punchy sound a nod to Pulp and the Artic Monkeys…good stuff! The penultimate track, Wheels Come Off features some fuzzy guitars and is more epic in scope with sparse sections leading to the head-nodding/foot tapping sections and it all works well.

The band close with Long Way Down where a slow drum beat is accompanied by a plaintive vocal and guitar. The ballad approach works very well and concludes a super album that is more Wombats than Discharge but a very well played, written and delivered package.

Goodness Greyness Me’s eponymous debut is being self-released on all major digital channels on Friday October 13th, 2017.

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