For the very talented Daniel Grinberg, song writing is both an obvious passion and a natural skill. The beautifully crafted album Short Stories is one of those albums that instantly grabs your full attention and there is no denying the effort that was put in to create this interesting album.
Opening with the track 80 Years, the album doesn’t rush in too fast or too loud. Instead it chooses to take the slow and steady approach, with soft guitars and low organs, topped with a sweet female vocal track. This is easily a song worthy for any coffee shop you frequent, and I like coffee shops, so this is a compliment from me.
Rivers is the next track on the album and it chooses to pick up the pace without losing the beat. The track itself sounds like something Tom Petty would have created, with female vocals of course. The drums are solid, the piano hits are beautifully done and everything in this song just works. If this is the calibre of music I can expect on the rest of the album, then I am looking forward to hearing the rest.
Moving on throughout the album there are multiple vocalists taking the opportunity to show what they bring to the table, and this works, kind of. Every talented and controlled vocalist on the album deserves their place on this album, but they deserve their own albums more. It always feels a bit awkward when an album switches singers on me, because I get used to one sound and then I am given another one completely different from what I was sold on. As I mentioned though, every singer belongs on the album when it is looked at as a bit of a compilation of talents, but it does put a strain on the listener to have to keep changing moods based on every single vocal line. In the future I would keep to one singer for each album, and I would not showcase this many on one album alone, because every artist on this album could stand on their own, and so they should.
The album as a whole is well worth the listen through if you want some easy listening background music, and although it is a bit of a strange creature with so many different elements and genres weaved in, it is a solid vision masterfully produced.
Written By: Ryan Donnelly