Greg Johnson: Anyone Can Say Goodbye
By Andrew Healey
This latest offering from Greg Johnson, his second album since re-locating to Los Angeles in 2002, shows he still writes beautiful melodies blended with evocative lyrics about everyday life: "Monday just fine, Tuesday there’s no time, Wednesday you’re thinking about home. Love only falls on the people outside, and the rest of it falls on its own". Produced, recorded and mixed by Clark Stiles (Dandy Warholes, Phunk Junkees) at his North Hollywood home, ‘Anyone Can Say Goodbye’ oozes the laid back warmth Johnson’s fans have come to expect. Though there is no Isabel, there are no fillers on this album either - each track is finely crafted. Ted Brown (guitar, vocals), Sid Jordan (bass, vocals), and Malcolm Cross on percussion do a fine job in complimenting Johnson’s piano and unique vocal style. I particularly enjoyed the dreamy bass work in New Car Smell. I would have preferred a couple of up-tempo songs to spice things up a bit, but Johnson’s many fans will enjoy this album of largely mid-tempo acoustic ballads I’m sure.