Album Review: Sarah Hallman by Sarah Hallman

Album Name: Sarah Hallman
Artist: Sarah Hallman
Year/Label: 2007 / Busted Flat Records

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I would be remiss if I did not mention the similarities to another Sarah H from Canada, Sarah Harmer.

It’s not just the name and location; the sort of feel is there too as well as a similar vocal style. As for the writing: Harmer is more country and even bluegrass where Hallman is more in the folky rock vein. Though they do cross at times.

I don’t think I would hear one Sarah and think it’s the other, but they are very similar at least one some songs on this record.

“Shovel” being an exception. There is a lot more going on in this song, it’s less acoustic than some of the others.

That said, this is a fantastic album. I don’t mind that is reminds me of Harmer because I adore her too (though never got into her latest release). But not only that, there is quite a bit of originality here as well. I am really enjoying this record.

“Long Shot” has some great harmonies.

“Show” has a wonderful eerie feeling and the echoes on her voice are perfect.

But I am currently in love with “I Will Not Sing”.

A quick look on her website shows she is also an artist (as in not just a musician) and her stuff is beautiful.

This is another one for the personal rotation. I can also see it being a good summer CD. I love it.

Posted on March 16, 2007

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1 Snowballin’
2 Take a Flight
3 Shovel
4 Longshot
5 Show
6 The Loving
7 Forget You
8 I Will Not Sing
9 When It All Comes Down
10 Shed
11 The Sadness
12 Entangle

[Sarah Hallman Official Site]

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