Recent Reviews of "On My Own Two Feet"
"The slick but jangly songs on his fourth album, ''My Own Two Feet,'' recall the heartachey alternative pop of Matchbox 20, Live and John Mayer. "On My Own,'' ''My Voice'' and ''Ain't That a Shame'' give him a chance to show off his strong but friendly tenor and smarts in the studio. The songs, which build from simple acoustic guitar parts to carefully maintained full-band peaks, are as tuneful, tightly composed and expertly produced as anything with the stamp of a major label."
- Ben Sisario, The New York Times
"As tuneful as Tonic, intense as Ryan Cabrera, powerful as Switchfoot, commercial as Maroon 5 or Matchbox 20, irresistible as an old Peter Gabriel track and flat out sing-along wonderful as anything Crowded House ever recorded"
- Al Muzer, The Aquarian Weekly
"Together the group created an album that has soul and passion. Granian belts his heart out and the others complement, rather than compete, with his voice and his lyricism. For a solo project, the debut definitely has potential, showing that he is go in places with a sound, while similar to those before him, which has strength and delight mixed together. The album shows the ability of Granian to make it into the pop mainstream. A powerful sound such as his shows his confidence in himself and his music, which is important. His sound is pleasant to the ear and has a beat that's fun to listen to."
- The Badger Herald - University of Wisconsin-Madison
"The album is a pop-friendly singer-songwriter effort, and the live show is sure to back that up."
- Kari Wethington, cinweekly.com
"Those who dig John Mayer and Jason Mraz but want something a little heavier might want to check out Granian. The singer song-writer's music is in the commercial alt-pop/rock vein - only less poppy and more edgy."
- Anne Erickson, Lansing State Journal
"Here's a chance to say you saw an artist playing the small clubs before he really hit big. The music is soulful and sometimes raw, but also has a seemingly commercial sound. Think early Peter Gabriel."
- Lana Mini, Southfield Eccentric
"Granian continues to write pop-rock tunes in the vein of Wind-Up Records artists and the late 90's artists that permeated Billboard."
"Lots of newcomers or lesser-known rock outfits like the boast of being the best band you've never heard, but singer/songwriter Granian can back up the boast."
- Arizona Daily Star
"Granian is a sensative dude for a post-Dave Matthews/Guster/ John Mayer/ Hootie/Adam Duritz world. And if you really thought that the submission that those fellas bombed the country into was anything besides a complete annihilation, that there was some sorta charred and flattened American landscape left worth exploring to find more of the same and the same of more, then perhaps Granian's sensative acoustic stylings might be just exactly the kinda thing to put on"
"it's one thing to pick up and acoustic guitar and play it for your friends but it's a feat of personal conviction and sheer creative dexterity that allows musicians like Garen to synchronize a live performance like a well oiled clock hammer."
"His powerful vocals, aggressive guitar play and intense emotional honesty makes Granian a force to be reckoned with."
- Uncle Mike, The Two River Times
"A breathtakingly powerful acoustic rock performance that belied its intimate setting. Its obvious that Granian has his influences and is capable of turning in radio rock hits as catchy as anything Matchbox or Vertical Horizon, but in this reviewer's opinion, it is when he starts out tight with passion, lets the song build and then just lets loose that you fell the full power, lyricism, and the sound of Granian."
"Armed with his guitar, Garen creates thoughtful tunes and infectious melodies that have become his signature style."
"There are a lot of young ladies who want to be the subject of Granian's next song. He is one of a new breed of singer-songwriter making a name for himself with people who hear his music on the internet, download it for friends and generate a buzz by word of mouth."
- Don Wilcock, troyrecord.com