Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop
This intriguing collection of 10 cover songs (conceptually reminiscent of the Walkabouts' Satisfied Mind) reveals both Hazeldine's varied influences and their considerable interpretive powers. From the mildly electric "Whi... more »
This intriguing collection of 10 cover songs (conceptually reminiscent of the Walkabouts' Satisfied Mind) reveals both Hazeldine's varied influences and their considerable interpretive powers. From the mildly electric "Whiskey in the Jar" to "It's Only Love" (a cover of John Doe's cover of Hank Cochran), the band wisely cloaks its brood of covers in spare, mostly acoustic arrangements that cut right to the songs' emotional cores. Vocalists Shawn Barton and Tonya Lamm are unerringly tasteful singers, ably rendering the traditional hillbilly harmonies of "Mining Camp Blues," sweetening Peter Gabriel's "Cuckoo Cocoon" with girls' slumber-party unison, and emphasizing the dark and moody for their version of Radiohead's "Lucky." Crowned by a gorgeous rendition of "A Song for You" that rivals Gram Parsons's original with Emmylou Harris, Orphans offers simple, affecting performances of songs that, if you didn't like them before, become irresistible in Hazeldine's hands. --Carolyn Wennblom
Jeff Robinson | 11/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A note about this record from one of the producers- This is the sound of 5 players playing live in a studio which was about 12' x 14' in size. This album was made as a reaction to the process of recording what was to be Hazeldine's major label debut here in the United States. With the amount of time and money spent on 'Digging you up', the only sure result was that Hazledine felt like they had lost themselves and their 'most charming' live sound in the process. 'Orphans' was recorded and mixed in 3 days. It features all live-to-tape (analog 2") performances- including live harmonies. Tonya and Shawn sound wonderful here. Their roots rock/country harmonies are in fullforce. The aesthetic under which the album was made was that there were to be no 'fixes' and all tracks were to be recorded as full band performances. Any mistakes were weighed against how (if at all) they affected the spontaneity of the live feel. If one players performance weakened a complete take, another take was done with full band. The closeness, intimacy and 'live feel' achieved on these 10 songs is stellar. The choice of material is inspirational. If Hazeldine don't play a venue near you soon, this CD represents their live experience as no other can and it was a pleasure to make!
avid reader | New Mexico, USA | 06/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This selection of eclectic covers is soulfully rendered by one of the Southwest's most talented exports. Call it alternative country, alternative folk, whatever - Hazeldine's high desert harmonies are brooding, introspective and sometimes (as on track three, Jeff Magnum's "April 8th") verge on eerie. Think Mazzy Star meets Emmylou Harris. There's the mystique of the long dark desert highway in all Hazeldine's music and this CD is no exception. They perform these covers with as much intensity and integrity as their original music. It was recorded during the same session that produced their Polydor European release "Digging You Up" (all original music). If you're looking for something new - a girl band with more soul than spunk, give this CD a try."
nickiblue | 10/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just passed by to see if something new is coming up from my favorite band Hazeldine and decided to tell y'all :) Go and get them !!! This cd contains wonderful folk and country coversongs and if you have the chance to get Hazeldine with their own compositions, go and get " How bees fly ", their first cd and " Digging you up " ( contains songs from the 1st cd ). I also saw them live once, in europe, and I' m really " hin und weg ", as we say in germany :) Btw. there might be a new cd in spring 2001 , yippee :) Check out morebarn.com, their label in the U.S."