Released in June 2009, Greg Newman's "The Cuts You Said Were Good" is the culmination of music crafted in available moments discovered in a hectic life. For every song included on the album, Greg wrote more than five, threw away at least four, and edited the twelve surviving cuts over twenty times each.
While writing the music on "The Cuts You Said Were Good", Greg experimented primarily on guitar and piano with various structures, keys, and tempos to prevent falling into predictable songwriting patterns. The collection ranges from restrained power-pop of "Face First" to the sparse yet evocative "Someone Taking" to the aggressively overpowering "Skinniest People" to the slowly escalating theatrics of "So Easy Now".
When constructing his vocal melodies, Greg found inspiration equally in masters like Leonard Cohen and Pete Townshend, along with contemporaries like Thom Yorke, Morrissey, and Brandon Flowers. Greg's natural vibrato makes his voice distinctive, although this characteristic has caused some listeners to compare his vocal timbre to such dissimilar voices as Ian Anderson, Peter Garrett, and Scott Weiland.
Greg also worked meticulously on his lyrics, sometimes spending days to discover the most fitting word. Although the topics of poverty, apathy, failure, oppression, abandonment, and addiction might be a bit distasteful and heavy to some, these lyrics address real-life troubles without moralizing. For example, in "Such An Ugly Girl", Greg encourages his subject to continue doing exactly what he has been doing. Although his songs tackle solemn topics, there is a lot of humor and sarcasm laced throughout "The Cuts You Said Were Good".