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Customer Reviews

Sean Hayes becomes professional

Sean Hayes has made an dramatic departure from his previous style in his fourth album, “Big Black Hole and the Little Baby Star.” Sean, as a fixture of San Francisco's indie-folk scene, became known for sparse arrangements with penetrating lyrics. Sean’s previous albums were carried by raw emotion conveyed in the tenor of his voice. This album is not as raw and open, but retains Sean’s signature emotional richness. What this album lacks in the straightforward, shattering honesty of “A Thousand Tiny Pieces” or “When did it hit you? (that you weren’t in love with me)” is more than made up for in the harmony of “Rosebush Inside.” The album, from top to bottom, is much easier to listen to than any of Sean’s previous work. This is both because of the newfound instrumental vocabulary, and because this new work does make the same emotional demands on the listener as previous albums. Sean has paralleled his nationally known contemporaries Sam Beam of Iron and Wine and John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, in growing out of a low-fi, confessional phase, and into the leader of a full, professional instrumental band. This is a good thing.

Let it grow on you.

I'm a huge fan of Sean. I try my hardest to get my hands on anything he puts out. And I immediately fall in love with whatever he puts out. However, Big Black Hole didn't strike me the same way the first time I immersed myself in it. I'm somewhat partial to his first two releases, which are extremely simple compared to this album, and even Alabama Chicken. It took me a few times through, but now I'm really enjoying the accompaniment. So, while this album doesn't impact me as much as past albums, I like where Sean is going with everything; dare I say it's less depressing, maybe even uplifting at times? Anyway, the album is a must-own whether you're already a fan or you're ready to indulge in something overflowing with substance. Favorite tracks: 3 A.M., Pollinating Toes, Rosebush Inside.

Great piece of work!!

Amazing!! 33 Fool, best song!! Listen to the words and just think about!! Keep it up, Sean!!

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