By: Amanda Hather
Album – Al Grantham
Bandcamp Link – https://algrantham.bandcamp.com/album/al-grantham
Release Date – December 16th, 2014
Label – Alowicious Albums
Genre – Singer/Songwriter, Folk
‘Al Grantham’ is the self-titled second release from the Toronto based singer/songwriter. Grantham tells his stories in the album in only a way he can. The unique sounds and songs are sure to stick in the listener’s head long after the last song plays out.
Out of the nine tracks on the album, “Ms. Who I Thought You Were”, “May They Come To Be”, and “64 Main” are my favourites. “64 Main” shows you the slower, softer side of the album, showing off Grantham’s vocals while “Ms. Who I Thought You Were” is one of the faster, louder songs. The more you listen to the album, the harder it is to pick a favourite because the songs definitely grow on you.
All in all I was impressed with the album. The songs all tell their stories in ways a listener probably hasn’t heard of before all on one album. Where one song is soft with an acoustic guitar, another is more driven with an old time sounding piano, and another with plenty of harmonica to get your foot tapping along. If this is the first time hearing of Grantham, don’t make it your last.
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.