The Storys - The Storys

The Storys

Debut album from Elton John-endorsed South Waleans.
Korova: 27 March 2006

Last updated: 24 November 2008

Steve Balsamo, Swansea's resident designer-stubbled sex symbol, was launched into a solo career with Sony amid fanfares and press-release waffle about his appearance in Jesus Christ Superstar. One stiff later, he was dropped. He joined forces with five accomplished musicians in 2003 and started writing for what became The Storys.

Storys cover


  • I Believe In Love
  • Be By Your Side
  • Cinnamon
  • High Enough
  • You're Taking My Heart Away
  • You're Not Around
  • Roll Like A Stone
  • Save Me
  • The King Of Broken Dreams
  • Journey's End (Show Me Love)
  • Is It True What They Say About Us

This 11-track album (signed this time to Warners) is a proficient, polished manual in how to pull off jaunty soft rock. At its most rocky (Cinnamon) it sounds like INXS, and they go through a roll-call of classic west coast US bands in their softer moments.

They own up to The Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but there's The Byrds in there too. The songs are jam-packed with hooks, all crafted to appeal to a Radio 2 audience, soft and precise in their execution. High Enough is a dainty, delicate number with a chorus as big as Angels.

While some of the tracks are a little asinine, and you begin to think they lack any degree of passion, songs like You're Taking My Heart Away come along. It's a difficult thing to make acoustic-led tracks sound beefy, but The Storys manage it on a regular basis.

The Storys is an object lesson in songcraft, and with praise from the national newspapers most likely to share an audience with Radio 2, their future looks more rosy than Balsamo's ill-fated solo venture.

James McLaren

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