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All the Hate in the World

by Craig Greenberg

Piano rock pop singer-songwriter in the vein of Ben Folds, Randy Newman, Billy Joel
Genre: Pop: Piano
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Craig Greenberg has been hailed as NYC’s most acclaimed post-millennial piano man.
Over the past 15 years, the native New Yorker has been a staple on
the city's club scene, capturing and building on the spirited ivory traditions of greats like
Billy, Ben Folds and Randy Newman with sparkling, soulful new musical twists, a larger than
life personality and his insightful, dramatic sense of storytelling.
While rousing crowds at classic venues like Rockwood Music Hall, Joe’s Pub and the Gramercy
Theatre, since the late 2000s, Craig has also built an impactful catalog of independently released
pop/Americana starting with his 2007 debut EP The World and Back and including the EP
Spinning In Time (which received nationwide airplay) and his 2015 full length debut The Grand
Loss & Legacy. “Our Own Way,” the single from Spinning in Time was placed in the 2012
feature film “Doggie B” by famed Go-Go’s bassist Jane Wiedlin. The Grand Loss &
Legacy was written up in the Huffington Post, received national radio airplay and charted among
the RELIX Top 30 Radio albums. Craig’s single “That Girl Is Wrong for You” was the grand
prize winner in the Relix JamOFF contest and featured in the June 2015 issue and CD sampler.
While the title of The Grand Loss & Legacy was a tribute to his mother who had passed
away just before its release, Craig’s highly anticipated, as yet untitled 2020 full length collection
is his first to feature songs composed directly in the wake of her passing. As such, while most of
his piano and electric guitar driven music is as up-tempo and emotionally uplifting as ever, his
lyrics lean a bit darker and more reflective – creating a compelling contrast between a youthful
rock and roll spirit and the reflective spiritual maturity of approaching middle age.
Craig once again co-produced with Chris Cubeta, whose credits include Ahmad Jamal, A Great
Big World, David
Johansen and Jukebox the Ghost.
“I’ve realized throughout my career as a songwriter that the music I make responds to whatever
I’m going through at the time,” Craig says. “I found myself at a different emotional stage after
my mom passed and naturally eased away from the lighter songs into deeper, more vital stories
and expressions. I really took my time on the lyrics because I've ruined songs by rushing
them.
Despite its title, The Grand Loss & Legacy focused on lighter themes about my life
in New York, the fast pace, quicker relationships and a touch of hedonism, typified by ‘I’m
Coming Around,’ a youthful song about having friends with benefits. The new album is more
mature and personal, yet many of the tunes are also universal.”
The first single “Sailed Ships” (released 12/13/19) is a perfect example of Craig’s trademark high octane
piano-driven pop/rock energy working off of hard-hitting lyrics about being at a crossroads in
life and worrying about opportunities that have now passed him by. He starts out in a place of
emotional paralysis: “Cause now I can see/I’ve been sinking so low/I got plans but I feel like I’m
stalling/Like I don’t know where to go. . .There ain’t no peace of mind/There ain’t no point in
going over all those wasted years.” Fortunately by the end, Craig is done worrying about every
little thing and embracing a vision of a happier future: “Hand to my heart/I can turn this around/I
can put the pieces together. . .I got a feeling things will be better/If I can get out of my way.”
Other key tracks include the energetic, playfully hypnotic “Aberrations Of My Mind,” a tune
about wild creativity emerging from a time of fits, starts and confusion; the soaring power ballad
“All the Hate in the World,” reflecting on these divisive social and political times while some
seek to tune it all out; the heartfelt yet whimsical post-apocalyptic love song “Aberdeen”; and the
synthy, prog-rock influenced “The Dream of Our Afterlife” about the imagined romance of a
lonely sailor at sea.

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