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Unexpectedly catchy, my discovery of the year!,
This review is from: Fortress (Audio CD)
Despite this album already being out for a couple of years as well as all their previous albums I had never come across Sister Hazel until I checked out a link to them on this very site and I have to say I'm VERY glad I did! A lot of people may say that Sister Hazel lack originality and that it's all been done before but even if this were true then the quality of the music presented here still warrants so much praise...
I suppose if you're looking for a genre then Sister Hazel would fit into the "soft rock" category by producing great, catchy melodic songs, while the lead singer has what I would describe as a twang of "country" to his voice...and while not being a fan of country and western by any means, the vocals on this album are of the highest quality.
When I first heard the album there were two standout tracks for me; "Change Your Mind" and "Beautiful Thing", both pretty upbeat and good sing-a-long tunes. But with more listens I noticed the other gems on the album, as is often the case! Tracks such as "Champagne High", "Your Winter", and "Out There" are for me some brilliant examples of what Sister Hazel are all about....thought-provoking emotion with a mix of highs and lows, and some great catchy melodies. Although lyrically they might not be some of the best songs out there, they are by no means the worst and definately have enough punch to create some sort of reaction for the listener.
Overall, this album is probably one of my finds of the year and having bought "Fortress" I recommend trying out some of their other stuff if you haven't already; I bought "Chasing Daylight" after this one and I'm just as happy with that album as I am with this one. If you like bands like "Vertical Horizon" or "Straylight Run" then you're bound to love Sister Hazel...it's just a shame that all these bands are relatively unknown here in the UK!