Live at the 5th Ave. Coffee Shop
Recorded at an intimate solo show in the summer of 2005, 'Live at the 5th Ave. Coffee Shop' captures pianist/singer/songwriter Scott Stein showcasing his piano chops and his vocals, but most importantly - the songs. The live album features stripped-down arrangements of three songs found on his well-received 2004 'Temporary Romance' EP as well as eight brand new previously unreleased songs. The songs speak for themselves - no drums or bass to dress up the melodies, just the piano man shooting from the hip, presenting the songs the way he wrote them. The setting - Columbus's 'hub of weirdness', Victorian's Midnight Cafe - allows for a performance that is soft and sparing yet rich and warm at the same time. The songs smartly cover a wide range of topics: heartbreak ('Cliches and Coffee'), escapism ('Stars Over Memphis'), youthful twentysomething optimism ('Ordinary Days'), and even scathing yet humorous social commentary ('It Must Be Good').