It's not imporant to reveal the specific catalyst for Greg Laswell's latest record, Everyone Thinks I Dodged a Bullet, but rather to focus anew on what makes him one of the most uncompromising songwriters of these modern times. You may recognize a bit of Leonard Cohen in his tormented barritone. You might think of Tom Waits when you sense how deep down in the gut these songs come from.
The music lends powerful atmospheric gravitas to the words. It soars with tortured majesty, it haunts so ever beautifully, and it aches with a piercing sadness.