SOMETHING by Peter Greenstone
2005 / SiMig Media Records
From the opening moments, when it fades from a radio broadcast into the genre-defying Schrodinger’s Cat, you know your are in for a unique musical ride, something you can’t find on mainstream radio.
The tracks are clean and inventively mixed, highlighting Peter’s unique, compelling voice. Something about the way he sings, his crafted turns of phrases, his authentic stylings, you simply have to listen.
Stars On My Ceiling is an example of stunning writing but even even more brilliant audio architectures. He creates a sound that falls through memories in just the right way to support the visuals created by his personal lyrics.
But don’t think this is merely a slick album. Peter lets just enough warts show through to maintain a real presence throughout. You never feel alienated from his intimate messages, always sense Peter in the room with you. For example, to my ear the rockabilly guitar solo in the opening track seemed a tad clunky, but as each track gathered steam, and the album gets stronger and stronger, I realized what he was doing: creating a context for honesty. Above all, Peter’s music forces you to be honest, not just acknowledging his honesty, but your own. Life floods back into you as you listen. There is fundamental meaningfulness here; Peter mines it in both himself and his listeners.
There are two instrumentals that, when I first heard the album, seemed to dilute the power of the overall recording, mainly because I wanted more of Peter’s singing. But the CD is a showcase of Peter’s diverse talents. Combined with sonic experiments like Person Or Persons Unknown (which cries out in such internal pain) and Whisper Evermore, once you realize you are not listening the Hit Parade anymore, you realize how special this brave and unique journey is that Peter has taken you on.
Stunning, gorgeous voice…
(author: Rebsie Fairholm)
I love this album. Peter Greenstone is a one-man tour de force whose musical diversity is astonishing and whose intelligent and heartfelt songs are carried along by an impulsive energy. The musical styles on the album are too varied to summarise but to say he does something like Pink Floyd with modern rock sensibilities wouldn’t be too far off the mark. There’s a gradual mood shift over the course of the album, which opens with the infectiously bouncy ‘Shrodinger’s Cat’ and ends with an extraordinary 10-minute multi-layered instrumental whose passion and depth of feeling brings me close to tears. The CD is lavishly produced (both the packaging and the music). But what stands out most for me is the vocals, which are distinctive, passionate and clever … he’s been very creative in getting exactly the right expression into every line. And another thing. His voice is just absolutely gorgeous. I mean REALLY gorgeous. I’d have bought it for that alone.
(author: The Matthew Show)
Fabulous production, original subject matter, great performance. Recommended for those who tire of the ordinary.
Impressive, cohesive debut…
(author: Bryan (Ka-Klick) Baker)
Not everyone can pull off a CD with as varied subject matter and styles as “Something”, but Peter Greenstone managed to do that, from the infectious “Schrodinger’s Cat” that kicks it off (not many could pull off using the word “evanesce” in a song, but it works here) to the sweetly reflective “Stars on My Ceiling”. This CD holds together well. The packaging is stunning as well – haven’t seen to many big labels doing this nice a job lately.
Beautiful and sad, “Something” is songwriting at its best…
(author: Tom Atwood)
I had the pleasure of listening to many of these songs as they were written and rewritten during the past year. They represent the art and craft of songwriting at its best. Some lushly produced; others, very simply. Each song here has Greenstone’s autograph: the care, joy and love of making music that is original, extremely personal and yet, universal. “Stars On My Ceiling” and “Somewhere Over Greenland” are two of my favorite songs, period. This is a wonderful album!