Album Reviews: 3 by Hilary Scott

Album Name(s): Come In, Come In: Live (2003)
Out of the Wilderness (2004)
Hypothermia (2003)
Artist: Hilary Scott

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
I reviewed Hilary Scott’s CD, The Floating World” back in July of 2003. I remember being very impressed with her not only as a singer with a fabulous voice, but also a musician (playing several instruments on each recording) and as a great songwriter. Especially since she’s pretty young.
Recently I got a package containing the rest of her discography and just wanted to share some really good recordings.

“Come In, Come In: Live” is really nice Live CD. It has a lot of the songs I already like of hers and they’re performed very well.
“People on a Train” has a pretty intense guitar solo.
It’s obvious that Hilary Scott is not just a studio wonder, but can perform in front of a live audience with just as much skill.
She does a lovely cover of Sinead O’Conner’s “Last Day of Our Acquaintance”.

“Hypothermia” is a great collection of fantastic pop-rock songs that deserve more attention than they’re getting.
I especially like “Jezebel”, it’s a hauntingly pretty song.
This one you can only buy on her site

“Out of the Wilderness” is an enhanced CD that includes videos and interviews as well as songs.
I found the interview video particularly charming. It gives us a nice insight into this talented young woman.
“Calls From Springfield” is another highlight esepcially after watching the interview to see what the song is all about.

Originally posted on September 1, 2005

Track Listings
Come In, Come In: Live >2003 / Independent
1. Lay Your Burden Down
2. Blind Me
3. Jezebel
4. Sacrifice
5. Last Day of Our Acquaintance
6. Brave New World
7. My Friend
8. People on a Train
9. Find Heaven
10. Calls From Springfield- live piano cut

Hypothermia 2003 / Independent
1. Baby Makes Three
2. Your Hands
3. Jezebel
4. Off
5. The Best of It
6. Daydreamer
7. Fade to Black
8. Such a Good Friend
9. Lullabye
10. Away

Out of the Wilderness 2004 / Independent
1. Brave New World
2. People On a Train
3. My Friend
4. Calls From Springfield
5. Sometimes Sun, Sometimes Rain

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Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: I’m biased. I’m in her band. I produced the re-release of Hypothermia. But I’ve got to say Hilary’s songs, especially “Fade To Black” on Hypothermia, have affected me more than any songwriter I’ve heard in many many years. I haven’t heard songs which combine intelligence and emotions with sheer musicality since Leanord Cohen. It’s a joy and a privilage to perform with her, but at the end of the day, it’s about her songs and her voice and the effect they have on our lives. Powerful stuff.
name: Mike Robertson on Sunday, October 2, 2005
Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: By the last song of Come In, Come In: LIVE! I am nearly in tears. After listening to the combined emotional raw power of “Jezebel”, “Brave New World”, “Find Heaven”, and then particularly “People on a Train” and the piano cut of “Calls From Springfield”, you may find yourself as equally moved, too. But the Hilary Scott Band has lighter moments on this album as well, including “Blind Me” and “Lay Your Burden Down”. I have seen this woman sing and play countless times and she also does some amazing covers other than “Last Day of Our Acquaintance”. Hilary Scott, in short, is *the* act from Missouri to watch right now. I hope after buying her CDs, you will come and witness this star in making as I have had the pleasure of witnessing for the past 3 years.
name: Melissa on Friday, September 16, 2005

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