From the opening chords of the first song, “The Story of Our Lies”, Greg Allen’s new CD It’s Time That Time Was Overthrown, unfolds like a rich, dense tapestry of sounds and images that takes the listener on a carefully crafted musical journey. I really enjoyed the experience.
Using a traditional acoustic folk approach as his foundation, Greg weaves his lyrics around and through each song as if he was retelling you the song's story right there on the spot. Melodic acoustic guitar lines often join Greg’s voice in a wonderful counterpoint that gives you the sense that you’re eavesdropping on a couple of old friends.
Along with a variety of different percussion instruments used to help drive the songs along, Greg is complimented by beautifully layered and often very haunting female harmony vocals that lift the listener’s ear away to a time long ago and place where stories were passed down through the ages, one conversation at a time.
Greg's creative arrangements of covers like REM's End of the World As We Know It, Dolly Parton's Jolene and even the old standard Swing Low, Sweet Chariot give the CD great balance and always keeps the listener wondering what's around the next musical bend in the road. It's Time That Time Was Overthrown truly has an ageless quality which will keep the songs and stories alive in my mind for a long time to come and keep the listener coming back to visit again and again...and again. Nice job Greg!
Album Notes: Mark Oblinger (Award winning songwriter and a former member of the band Firefall)
"That Greg Allen makes music worth listening to is undeniable..." - Tom Graham - intro to "Insights" interview on WMRA 103.1fm Harrisonburg VA
1. Story of Our Lies, The
2. Human Race
4. Music & Speed
5. It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
7. Time O.t.
8. One Choice Thing
11. Revolving Door
12. Contucius: On Shoes
13. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot