Lane Wright | Nashville, TN United States | 10/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Harmony Hotel" is far better than the other reviews here would lead you to believe. The depth of feeling to be found in songs like "Friction" and "Broken Things," the heartbreak of "Man of the House," and the inclusive message of "Don't Look New" I find to be terrifically moving. This is not an album that grabs you by the neck and demands your attention; its delights are quieter and subtler than that. I think it is a shame that this album is not better known and has now gone out of print--it deserves a better fate than that."
Well worth the price.
Douglas H. Graham | Houston, TX | 08/14/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very good mostly acoustic set. Great harmonies. Very mellow but in no way sappy. Slow at points, some cliche' & definitely nothing truly new here but honestly, how many things in the music industry haven't alredy been done? It's actual instrument based music with melody and harmony. That may not be new but it's definitely classic. If you are a fan of these things you will like it. And check the prices on the used items. Practically a no risk buy!"
Gussy | 10/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a collection that continues to mold me. From beg to end it never ceases to amaze me with its brilliant harmonies of full bloody feeling. A lyrical masterpiece. No filler here. If you don't get this..you simply never will."
+1/2 -- Competent A/C folk-rock-pop
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 05/24/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This 1993 release finds David and Andrew Williams continuing the folk-rock direction they'd developed on their two previous albums. With their teen-idol years nearly two decades behind them, and with their friend Marvin Etzioni helping craft the songs and associate producing the album, the Williams created a lush, emotionally rich set of songs. The tone is often towards the acoustic, with strings (cello, violin, viola), harmonica, accordion, and 12-string filling out the sound.Like most brother acts, there's a familial chemistry between the Williams' voices. But unlike the close harmonies of acts like The Everly Brothers, the Williams use more traditional pop harmonies. It's not as daring (few can be the Delmores or Stanleys, after all) but it still has that certain ephemeral quality that separates sibling harmonies from those of unrelated duets.Beyond their adult contemporary sounds, the brothers also o venture towards country-blues on the title track (with Greg Leisz providing the lap steel), folk-blues on "Wonderful Blues," and the mandolin-driven Spanish-tinged pop of "Long Ago Last Night." Overall the album is more polished and sophisticated than their previous work, but it's not always better, often sounding more calculated than inspired. There are certainly moving moments, and the vocals and guitar playing are top-notch, but the songs themselves don't seem to have the spark of their previous work (especially the self-titled "The Williams Brothers")."