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Marty Thompson - Romantic Stories

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Although Marty Thompson points with pride to how this album was "written on a pink ukulele in the Bavarian Alps," the credits list how the singer/songwriter played multiple instruments on the album - yet no ukulele.

This musician, raised in West Texas, was also a long way from home when he created these works. Romantic Stories is a strong rock album that ranges from the lyrically mystical "In the Monk's Garden," to the more straightforward rock & roll of "Wünderweg." And it's not all rock grooves either, as "Maxhütte Trail" bounces to a reggae beat.

Some have compared Thompson's music to jam bands, like Widespread Panic, and latter-day garage acts, such as Neil Young & Crazy Horse, but Thompson has a crystal-clear singing voice and his song arrangements are fairly succinct, and not the sort of extended tracks you might expect from a jam-leaning act.

Thompson is just too good a songwriter to ever let his songs get too instrumentally out of control. These are, after all, romantic stories, not epic tales.

Marty Thompson - Romantic Stories
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