Craig Greenberg | The World and Back

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The World and Back

by Craig Greenberg

Piano rock filled with a lot of soul, smart lyrics, and plenty of pop hooks to keep you humming.
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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1. Offers Up Some Kind Words
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2. She's Not Alright
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3. No Love For Her
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4. Walking The Line
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5. As Long As I'm To Live
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Album Notes
"Singer/Songwriter Craig Greenberg, after spending a couple of years as a wandering musician, seeking out his own sound (and voice) on the streets and in the bars of South America and Spain, returned to his home country, and home city of New York, in late 2004. Craig, a largely self-taught musician who writes and performs on both piano and guitar, is known for his soulful, endearing (and at times, in your face) vocals and his general strong musicality. His sound has been compared to artists such as Ben Folds, Billy Joel, Coldplay, Randy Newman, Dave Matthews, and Paul Simon. The content and feel of Craig's songs run the gamut from light-hearted and tounge and cheek, to quite dark and edgy. It's this versatility that sets Craig apart as a songwriter. In the last 2 years+ Craig has toured, opening dates for (and/or sitting in with) Portland, OR (and recently NYC) based songwriter Jerry Joseph (Jackmormons, Stockholm Syndrome) at shows in the northwest and northeast, in Spain, and in Costa Rica over a New Year's '05 and '06 run of shows. He has also played solo dates in the US Virgin Islands (part of St. John Songfest), California, Florida, Colorado and Wisconsin. Craig has had the privilege of performing with Jackson Browne on several occasions, most recently (accompanying on keyboard) in front of a crowd of over 6,000, as part of Steel Bridge Songfest 3-a benefit concert in Sturgeon Bay, WI, hosted by songwriter Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3). This year at Steel Bridge, Craig also got to perform with Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Gos. In September of '06, Craig's politically charged song "No Evasion" got selected as one of the top "Songs of the Times" on Neil Young's website (, reaching as high as 87 out of 500 on a popularity ranking, alongside songs from artists such as Ben Harper, Kris Kristofferson, Crosby & Nash, Steve Earle, Son Volt, Todd Snider, and Bright Eyes. Craig has also performed or worked with several members of P-Funk, and, Eric Burdon and the Animals, including Eric McFadden (EMT, Stockholm Syndrome), Kim Manning, Bernie Worrell, Shaunna Hall (Electrofunkadelica, 4 Non-Blondes), and Paula O'Rourke (Tiny). Currently, Craig is performing around downtown NYC (past venues include the Living Room, BB King's, Rockwood Music Hall, the Bitter End, Caffe Vivaldi, Sidewalk Cafe, and has just released his first self-produced EP, entitled "The World and Back".



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Jonah Rank

Some Nice Piano Rock
Opening with the beautiful, powerful, and fun "Offers Up Some Kind Words", Craig Greenberg's The World and Back takes the listener through a short but sweet world of piano rock filled with his smart lyrics and smooth vocals in his deftly crafted songs. With the reflective "As Long As I'm To Live", the rocking "She's Not Alright", the rolling "Walking The Line", and the super-catchy "No Lover For Her" and opening track, Craig Greenberg's debut takes you to a world of music you'll want to visit and come back to time and again.

Jay Harden

The World and Back
The World and Back

I love a good twinkling piano riff, and my friend Craig Greenberg captures the spirit of the great ivory ticklers, be they from New York, Chicago or New Orleans way. Then he mixes it with a little slick glossy pop, Brill Building style arrangements, and Hey Now! you got an inimitable sound, like a good Gumbo, every bite a new experience, a new vibe.
He knows what every great popular songwriter knows: if you can hear the song smile then you got something to lift the people up. These are tunes, taking us on a boppin´ journey, like the tidal wave in Offers up Some Kind Words, we ride the crest, always alert and on our toes for the next crafty change in Greenberg´s arrangements.
Oh and did I forget to say this boy´s got SOUL?? That girl was phoning him five times a day and he said NO! No Love for Her says what some are afraid to admit, especially in a pop song, that girl just wasn’t happening and oh well, hope she doesn´t try to track me down, I´m Outta Here!
She´s Not Alright catches us with some really nice Kinks-inflected hooks and stellar harmonies, Why ayy ayy??? Why and How did he pull this one out? How did he find the Ti ayy ime?? When I was listening to the middle part, the big crescendo and all those chord changes, I lost myself in the mist of the floating melody, a respite from the day to day scramble of the city.
And then bam he hits us with No Evasion!! Did you say SOUL? Soul is putting up your fist and saying enough is enough, your time will come. One for all the people who still think another world is possible, but this one is downright vindictive and gives Mr. Bush little time to run, no head start for this soon-to-be ex-President. Nicely done!
The World and Back, five great cuts including Walking the Line and As Long As I´m to Live
Yes, a piano is a great instrument, not only for the twinkling riffs, but as a place of contemplation for the artist, in this case a composer of great new songs. Dedicated sitting and singing, the skyline of NYC casting a shadow over the loose pages of lyrics and the ivory keys, another song taking shape.

Craig Greenberg

Hell, I own almost 1000 copies. It MUST be good! :)


love it!!
the only problem with this work of art is that there are only 5 tracks!! love everything about "the world and back" few can play piano as well as craig, and it shows as you listen to his work.....not to mention that while some artists write lyrics for their songs, craig paints pctures with words, and every song is a master piece!! he has an amazing voice as well! what more can you ask for in an artist?