Sam Shinazzi : Stories You Wouldn't Believe

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Sell date: 12/2005
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Mfg's Catalog#: 5637470
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Sydney singer/songwriter Sam Shinazzi returns with full band on his third release, 'STORIES YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE.' Following on from 2003's 'Less Than Perfect Day' and 2001's 'Long Drive Home,' 'STORIES YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE' is twelve disarmingly honest songs to make your feet tap and your heart ache. In response to a particularly difficult 2004, Sam decided to drop the moniker 'the c-minus project' and record a new album under his own name. Gathering his two most important possessions - his new songs and good friends - he set about recording an album. Recorded and produced completely independently over the second half of 2004, and featuring a band including Graeme Trewin of Peabody and Beau Cassidy of Starky, 'STORIES YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE' is an intensely personal journey from hard times back to hope. A prolific writer, Sam has also had success co-writing including working with Jenny Queen on her album 'Girls Who Cry Need Cake' which has enjoyed considerable success and critical acclaim in the UK and Europe, as well as Australia. And if Sam wasn't busy enough with 'STORIES YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE,' he recently began work with Jenny on songs for her follow-up. A versatile live performer, Sam is at ease playing with full band, with a guitarist or solo. As well as countless shows of his own, highlights of his live career included playing alongside Bonnie Prince Billy, Lou Barlow, Evan Dando, The Pernice Brothers, Josh Rouse, Hayden, Art of Fighting, Machine Translations, Darren Hanlon and Augie March. Touring up and down the East Coast of Australia many times over, early 2005 saw his first overseas tour, with a visit to the USA for shows in New York, Los Angeles & Washington D.C. In what looks to be a busy year for Sam, he will also tour the UK & Europe for the first time in October 2005. Highlights from his recent US tour included spotting Katie Holmes on the streets of New York, having crowds in Washington D.C. singing along word for word, and of course, exploring Springsteen country in New Jersey. With a love of the road, Sam will also be touring Australia extensively to support the new album. If he can get up to all this in a few weeks touring alone in the States, imagine what will happen back on tour in Australia with his band again. REVIEWS: 'Sam Shinazzi, minus the C-Minus Project moniker, is back with his third album 'Stories You Wouldn't Believe'. The Sydney singer/songwriter got together his band, featuring members of Peabody and Starky, and recorded and produced the album completely independently over the second half of 2004. Songs on the album range from acoustic pop gems to simple melodies that try to implant themselves into your brain. The result is an almost effortless sounding record that is an intensely personal journey from hard times back to hope.' - Sydney Unleashed 'If we're not careful the Chinese are going to have to lose a dog, a rooster or, in my case, a monkey and dub 2005 the year of the singer/songwriter. While it may seem you can't turn around without bumping into some sensitive soul pouring out his heart, there are songwriters and songwriters and among the Jamies and Daniels there lies Australian Sham Shinazzi. Forget Byronesque tales of requited/unrequited love told by misty-eyed, wild haired romantics Shinazzi's tales come direct from the school of life that never quite fits. If you can imagine Morrisey in a tender moment then you get some idea of Stories You Wouldn't Believe. Like real life the songs are angular and fractured, instead of melody and lyrics that flow along serenely, Shinazzie leaps around, this is the self-conscious and stumbling given a voice. Stories You Wouldn't Believe neatly sidesteps grand and florid themes, Sunrise could easily be the exercise-book jottings of an hormonally-charged teenager. And, because the distance between performer and audience is non-existent, Shinazzi makes an instantaneous connection. As you listen to My Friend And A Free Day there's a recognition that Sam Shinazzi is an ordinary man, living an ordinary life. Unashamedly and happily low-fi and basic

I Don't Belong Here
Until Sunrise
Out of the Question
My Friend & a Free Day
Scotty Come Home
The Drifter
A Night for Remembrance
Game Over
Getting Too Old
Trying Not to Think About It