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Honest Woman

by Layabout

Layabout's debut EP features keyboard-driven songs, enhanced with a bold palette of brass instrumentation, which evoke a host of diverse influences ranging from Steely Dan, to Debussy, to Lambchop.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Dressed in Gray
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2. The Scene
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3. Barbara
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4. Karabal Nightlife
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5. Last Night
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6. Video Store (Slow Burn)
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7. Terrified
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8. Well Enough Alone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"If Keyboard were a record label, we could get rich with unsigned artists like these."
- Keyboard Magazine

Layabout's debut EP serves notice that a jazz sensibility is perfectly capable of elevating the pop/rock genre into an entirely new realm of emotional immediacy.

The band's songs, written by founder Edward "Tex" Miller, emanate from the band's musical center - the keyboards. Enhanced with a bold palette of brass instrumentation, the tunes evoke an amalgamation of diverse influences. Touching on the ensemble serenity of Lambchop, the emblematic harmonic colors of Claude Debussy, and the ruminative horn arrangements of Steely Dan, the band has created an altogether original and captivating sound.

The rhythmic interplay between acoustic bass and electric piano in perfect balance with a percussive swing; the gentle undercurrent of trumpet, trombone, and alto saxophone on top of which compelling lyrics unfold; the vocal delivery, sometimes vulnerable, sometimes forthright, and always convincing, which unifies this work - all can be heard within the eight tracks that comprise "Honest Woman."

"Built around the electric piano playing and vocals of Edward "Tex" Miller, this trio elicits praise from all who like their pop with less power and more panache."
- City Beat

"I can absolutely say that Layabout is making music that you don't hear anywhere else right now."
- No-Fi Magazine

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Tasi Lorenz

Layabout is what it's all about!
I heard the same rumor about Layabout and the singer's substance abuse and the band breaking up. The word is that the other band members have already started their own band called Layaround. I was devastated by Guns N' Roses breaking up ... now Layabout. Please don't be true!!! -A fellow fan in Guam, Tasi Lorenz
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Will

Great music
This CD really is a pleasure. 'Barbara' is a great track and *should* be a radio hit if the radio didn't suck so bad. Is Layabout ever going to play a show in Boston?!
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Bryan O

Nice over a cup of tea....
This is a splendid record even the Queen would approve of. I like to play this record while I am hosting guests during my weekly bridge games or over tea. With the whole Prince Charles & Camilla debacle going on, this record surely is a welcoming surprise. Thank you Layabout!
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Poohmav

lick it, slam it, suck it...Hook 'Em!
You have no idea what to expect..is it jazz? is it blues? is it Sunday School music? NO...it's Layabout. I'm not sure who's the Honest Woman in this band but that's okay...it's great listening.

I love "Barbara" because I can dance to it when it's dark and I'm all alone.

But it's a great CD...I tried to get it on 8-trac but apparently the lead singer in Layabout is only 11 years old and doesn't even know what a cassette is..but the music rocks.

What do you call this kind of music? Original. Fun...funky...good listening.

Okay there Layabout...keep on laying that pipe
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Kick ass! Who is this Barbara?
Amazing album! I listen to it everyday on my drive home from work ... hleps to calm my nerves ... although I was embarrassed being caught singing to "Barbara" with my windows down in traffic. The first two songs, "Dressed in Gray" and "The Scene", are tremendous!!! However, on a sadder note, I was disappointed to hear rumors that the band might have broken up ... because of the singer's substance abuse issues ... another Scott Weiland on our hands. Hopefully, this latest rumor is false and I will be able to see Layabout when they come to Guam for their tour. I'll be waiting!!!!
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