Guy-Michael Grande | So Much Of What I Wanted

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So Much Of What I Wanted

by Guy-Michael Grande

Passionate pop for roller-coaster romantics: well-crafted, emotionally resonant songs delivered by a distinctively warm-voiced new singer-songwriter.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. So Much Of What I Wanted
3:50 $0.99
2. Melinda
4:31 $0.99
3. Lifeline
5:02 $0.99
4. 26 Calorie Kiss
3:19 $0.99
5. Merlin's Lament
3:18 $0.99
6. Bonfire Girls
4:06 $0.99
7. Modern Marvel
4:10 $0.99
8. Old Boulevard
3:38 $0.99
9. Telemarket This!
3:29 $0.99
10. Whenever We're Together
4:40 $0.99
11. Hurricane Jane
3:57 $0.99
12. Before You Go
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
What kind of music does Guy-Michael Grande make?

Passionate power-pop for roller-coaster romantics.

So Much Of What I Wanted is a sonically satisfying blend of Beatles pop sensibility, James Taylor sensitivity and Paul Simon lyricism. If you like their songs -- along with the music of artists like John Mayer, Elvis Costello, The Eagles & company -- you're going to love this CD.

With a voice often compared to Simon, Jackson Browne and del Amitri's Justin Currie, Grande is like them above all a wordsmith. His songcraft is everywhere present without ever becoming obvious, especially in the melodically memorable "Melinda," humorously romantic "26 Calorie Kiss" and rockingly introspective title track.

I've got no cure for curiosity, just pure instincts that I trust

The allure of sheer velocity my enduring wanderlust

I've got so much of what I wanted, yet I face this dark divide

I've got so much of what I wanted, still I'm unsatisfied

At times his wordplay sparkles with Dylanesque touches, as in the all-too-relevant rant "Telemarket This!" (recalling Currie's influence) and mythical rocker "Hurricane Jane." Around other turns, he gives us sultry slow-burners like "Bonfire Girls," a kind of David Gray-meets-Chris Isaak end of summer groove that's sure to be an instant favorite among beachgoers everywhere.

Hopeful romantics will melt over the plaintive "Whenever We're Together," which vividly captures love's constant seesaw side-effects, then get lost in addictive radio rockers "Modern Marvel" and "Before You Go." And fans of the late Dave Carter -- whose career with partner Tracy Grammer had only begun to blossom in the folk world before his sudden passing -- will appreciate Grande's inspired new version of "Merlin's Lament."

Proudly influenced by great pop songwriters, Guy-Michael Grande is earning a dedicated audience for his own warmly distinctive voice and lyrically meaningful songs. With So Much Of What I Wanted, the Northeast native is actively reaching out to listeners who love great music, performing melodically memorable songs whose stories really resonate.

But don't take our word for it -- listen to ANY or ALL of the songs on the CD by clicking the links at left. Go ahead! Let the music speak for itself. You'll be glad you did.

So Much Of What I Wanted
Produced by Mark Thayer & Guy-Michael Grande
Recorded at Signature Sounds Studios, Palmer, MA

Featuring Jim Henry, Duke Levine, Richard Gates & Doug Plavin, along with backing vocalists Lisa Cote, Stephen Kellogg, Lisa Martin, Indra Rios-Moore, Jerree Small, Mark Thomas & more special guests than you can imagine!

Now available on Route Five Records
Also available on Route Five: Familiar Strangers



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This cd sings to me about me This is a greatest hit maker.
Havent heard a cd this good for thirty years. This has heart. You feel the music to your soul. A must listen! This has the makings for a greatest hits album.

Steve Cooke

I hadn't listened to a cd where I enjoyed every track from start to finish since James Taylor's "October Road"! Grande taps into Paul Simon, Ambrosia & Jackson Browne and puts out a product that is certainly hit material.

Donnie Moorhouse, LiveWire

Brilliant songwriting... subtley clever, romantically inclined lyrics
Grande's own brilliant songwriting is the substantive portion of the work... his lyrics are subtley clever and romantically inclined. On the title track he asks "why can't I take these gifts I'm given and be their gracious host?" - a line that only hints at the simple but profound wisdom that is carried along by Grande's warm and reassuring vocals throughout the recording.


Another hit
Found myself tapping along while I listened. Then I'm humming the tunes when I'm walking around. Haven't done that in a long time with music on the radio.

Jennifer Layton

A singer/songwriter with a personality that bursts out of the stereo
Grande stirs the soul in that contemplative Paul Simon meets Jackson Browne voice of his... along with the sad and funny, he can quicken the pulse with the sensual... another impressive showing by a singer/songwriter with a personality that bursts out of the stereo...

Stacey Board

So Much... is so much of what any pop music lover would want
Grande's voice is smooth and warm. He has a nice humor and intelligence in all of his writing, culminating in what in a perfect world would be a monster hit, "Telemarket This!" It's very funny, smart and biting, just like it should be. The plaintive guitar and tension in "Bonfire Girls" expresses his yearning perfectly, like a "Boys of Summer" about the girls. Grande is a very engaging writer; the writing and playing is solid on every song.

Dan Barry, The Hartford Advocate

Is Guy-Michael Grande Connecticut's Paul Simon?
Grande's throaty hum has an uncanny resemblance to Simon in his middle years, after Garfunkel but before Graceland exploded. Though his songs are often less dramatic than Simon's (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), Grande shares Simon's ear for clever quips and catchy riffs. His songs are bittersweet and humorous in equal measure: "26 Calorie Kiss" is an ode to keeping trim by making out, and the album's title track is a beautiful exploration of neediness even in the face of life's blessings.

Doug Hardy, singer/songwriter

If Guy isn't indie music's brightest new talent, I don't know who is
GMG has put together a collection of music here that is smooth, slick, emotive, and just plain fun to listen to. I've had the CD in my car for several weeks and every time I arrive somewhere and take the keys out of the ignition, I find myself singing the chorus of the last GMG song I was listening to. To me, that says it all.