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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!
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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Great album - big following in USA, shame not hit the UK market.Published 3 months ago by MRS S E STOCKDALE
Excellent album from Sister Hazel. Item arrived in excellent condition.Published 12 months ago by Mrs R
This type of music is about a mile away from most of the stuff I've been buying for the past 35 years, but I got so hooked on the opening track Change Your Mind that they used to... Read morePublished on 6 July 2009 by Julian Stevens
I've liked Sister Hazel for a number of years and this album is my fav album by them, some amazing tracks on here Champagne High is my fav just pure amazing vocals by Ken Block,... Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2007 by T. D. Mooney
You know one of those CDs you get, and you can listen to all the way through without skipping a single song? This is one of those records. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2006 by Fiona M.
This album was great when i first listened to it, but im afraid with quite a lot of not so indepth music the desire to want to listen to it fades away. Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2006 by P. McCauley