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Blue

by Michael Greenberg

He's acoustic pop, a dash of rock, a breath of folk,a splash of funk, but it's his skilled guitar work and engaging lyrics that will catch your attention
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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2. Song to Remember
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3. Best of Us die
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4. Death of a Son
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5. We Need Help
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6. Partly Cloudy
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7. Portrait of Katy
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8. See you Through
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9. Say Something Useful
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
My thank you’s span 21 years. Or... beyond a point where listing all of them is practical... so DON’T feel left out if you think you deserved to be thanked. I thank you. I am very grateful to list the following people who have been not only an involvement to the CD, but an inspiration to my career and every day livelihood. Mom, Dad, Jacklyn, Kathryn and the rest of the fam... I love you all and wouldn’t be who I am without you. Nicky Nasko... you’re THE man, Johnathan ‘JR’ Tortora, Paul and Debbie Tortora (thanks for the late nights), Jake Blasini, Jaron Eaton,
Rob Compa, Sam ‘Sham’ Kim, Eli Marcus, Michelangelo Carubba, Jeremy Vovscko, Bryan Parks, Eric Castillo, Evan Anderson, Justin Bohr, Leonard Wee, Michael Thomas, Noah Schy, Brian Moore, Matt Champlin, Vernon Parson, Matthew Liedike, Mark Endozo, George Woods, Trevor Jarvis, Maddy Zani, Sue Buzzard, Laney Ripley, Nick Tennies, Kat Taub, Aaron Colverson, Chelsea Treglia, Pat Keogh and Pat Keogh Sound, J.D. Hagstrom and Travel Aux Audio, Greg Tsialas, Gerald Wenner, St. Clement’s Eucharistic Shrine, Chris Brown and Kutta.
You all have been a true inspiration for myself and my music. I hope you all enjoy these songs as much as I
enjoyed creating them.

Produced by: Michael Greenberg

Photography: JAG Studios

Graphic Design: Greg Tsialas

Art Direction: Michael Greenberg

Recorded between 2006 and 2009 in
Boston MA, West Haven CT and Wallingford CT

All songs written by Michael Greenberg,
except track 7 written by Michael Greenberg
and Jake Blasini and track 9 written by
Michael Greenberg and Evan Anderson

All songs remixed by:
Pat Keogh
Pat Keogh Sound, Wallingford, CT

All songs mastered by:
J.D. Hagstrom
Travel Trax Audio, Cape Cod, MA

Track 1: Brian Moore, Matt Champlin
Brian T. Productions

Track 2, 3, Jonathan Tortora, Michael Greenberg
7 & 10: 32 Island Lane Studio

Track 4 & 6: Mark Endozo
SoIheard Productions

Track 5: Michael Greenberg

Track 8: Noa Schy
Way2fresh Productions

Track 9: Matt Liedike, Wes Kelly
Soundstone Productions

Total run time (42:57)

Michael Greenberg’s Website:
www.MichaelGreenbergMusic.com

© 2010 Michael Greenberg. All Rights Reserved. ASCAP, unless otherwise indicated

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Berklee College of Music
Michael Greenberg: Blue

Posted on February 17, ...
Michael Greenberg: Blue

Posted on February 17, 2010.

Michael Greenberg: Blue
By Zac Taylor
Managing Editor

If Sublime reunited for an unplugged show produced by Coldplay with some splatters of sequencing, you might get an idea of Michael Greenberg’s debut LP Blue. The record kicks off with the title track that grabs you with a crisp arrangement and slick harmonica playing. The young songwriter shows a mature voice with this upbeat tune about growth, and follows it with a smooth, R&B-tinged groove “Song to Remember.”

Greenberg sings with a subtle Chris Martin inflection on “Best of Us Die,” and it may sound like a Coldplay tune if it weren’t for the reggae groove, which steers it into Jack Johnson territory. The tune would be impeccably crafted for the pop medium, were it not for a very live-show-feeling arrangement including a breakdown (“Bring it back now”) and a lengthy acoustic guitar solo, but hey—you got to get the licks in somewhere.

The next couple tracks are perhaps the most ambitious of the collection. In “Death of a Son,” Greenberg narrates a solemn tale of a fallen hero over an 8-piece string section composed and conducted by George Woods; “We Need Help” is just over two minutes of ominous pleading over MIDI sequencing. These two sonic tapestries nicely offset the more straightforward songs.

“Portrait of Katy” is a bona fide hip-hop track. Songs like this rarely work, and usually fall into the despicable genre of lame white-boy rap. But this song’s honesty and cleverness is consistently engaging, centering around the hook, “it’s hard living with the fact that you’re running around my mind and not my body.” The delivery, rhyme, and instrumentation would impress G-Love or even Hova himself.

“I am not your friend, and I won’t settle for foe,” is the first line of “See You Through,” a slow groove that could function as a Justin Timberlake B-side in both its sensuality and plainness.

Greenberg brings the reggae back on the Jason Mraz-y “Say Something Useful” and closes out the record with “Keep On,” a well-rounded, optimistic anthem that would not be out of place on Steve Miller’s Greatest Hits.

Blue is a satisfying first installment from this talented musician, who clearly has the writing, playing, and singing chops to get the material out of his heart and into a tune.


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