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Fortress [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (27 Jun. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Uni/Universal Records
  • ASIN: B00004U02A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Change Your Mind
  2. Back Porch [Instrumental]
  3. Thank You
  4. Champagne High
  5. Beautiful Thing
  6. Surreal
  7. Shame on Me
  8. Your Winter
  9. Strange Cup of Tea
  10. Save Me
  11. Give In
  12. Out There
  13. Elvis
  14. Fortress

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Format: Audio CD
I bought this album two weeks ago and it has already become one of my personal favourites. From the upbeat opening song 'Change Your Mind' with a catchy chorus, to the blissfully addictive 'Champagne High', this is an A-class album which any fan of American rock music should listen to. It is also a relieving breath of fresh air for English music lovers like myself, as bands like this seem few and far between. God knows why American bands like Sister Hazel can't get any airplay over here, writing such catchy and intelligent music with mature lyrics. From start to finish this is a very strong album, whether you are looking for something to sing along to or somthing to mellow out to. To summarise, great album, buy it.....
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After hearing the song "Your Winter" on the 10 Things...soundtrack I decided to buy this album. Believe me when I say that I was not disappointed. Although there are a couple of weak moments, Fortress is an album that keeps churning out the good stuff time after time. It's a sound not unlike Matchbox 20 but at no point do they try and be all experimental like the Matchbox boys do on occasion. Highlights for me would have to be "Champagne High," "Your Winter," "Out There," and the eponymous "Fortress." This is an album that you find yourself playing over and over again.
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This album is breathtaking. I first heard Sister Hazel when I bought the soundtrack to "10 Things I Hate About You", with the beautiful and touching track "Your Winter". I immediately logged onto the internet and listened to samples of the rest of the songs on "Fortress". From that moment on its been the most treaured album in my collection.
Ken Block has a voice in a million- I've never heard anyone else even come close, it literally sends shivers up your spine when he launches into the soulful pre-chorus of "Champagne High" ("oh, for the million hours that we were..."). The drumming is inspired, building up tension in all the right places. It is an integral part of the music, and it really notices- most bands neglect their drummer, not Sister Hazel! And the guitar solos are out of this world- especialy in the track "Strange Cup Of Tea"
There is not a weak track on this album, but highlights include "Champagne High", "Beautiful Thing" and the title track "Fortress". Its a definite improvement on the bands two previous albums, or their more recent stuff, which although is still unbelievably good, doesn't quite reach that "wow" factor in every single track that exists in "Fortress".
I have no idea why sister hazel haven't released their music in Britain, it would definatly go down well. I've played this cd to many people, all with different musical tastes, from pop to goth rock, and they've all loved it!
Buy this album, it will inspire you, and take pride of place in your record collection, I promise!
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Format: Audio CD
I first heard Sister Hazel on the soundtrack of 10 things i hate about you and was imediatly hooked on the song Your Winter. I then brought the album hoping for more of the same and was not disappointed. The album has a throughly chilled out vibe with not one weak song and the vocals are excellent all the way through. Standout tracks include Your Winter, Beautiful thing and the bizzare but excellent Elvis which never fails to make me smile! All in all the album has a warm cheerful feeling without being naff and cheesy, perhaps not one for die hard rock fans but definetly worth buying!
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This is another great album by Sister Hazel, full of powereful rock ballads and robust melodies. Anyone with an intrest in bands like Counting Crows, Matchbox 20, Lifehouse, Vertical Horizon ect, will really like this band and love this album. Theres so many great songs on this CD it's hard to say which is my favourite, with the likes of the opening track "change your mind" the simply awsome "thank you" "give in" and "out there". Then there is "your winter" which featured in the movie "ten things i hate about you" which is my second favourite song on the CD, but the best has to be "Champagne High" a great song!! and sure to be a hit with anyone who hears it. Buy this album, then buy the rest!!!
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I bought this ablbum after hearing 'Your Winter' on the 10 things soundtrack and falling in love with it. That was the only song that I'd previously heard, but I wasn't let down - the whole album is amazing, and definatly worth a look. Favourite is still 'Your Winter', but 'Champagne High' is fab as well. Just a shame that Sister Hazel are so under rated in this country!
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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!
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