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4.7 out of 5
30 Ratings
30 Ratings
Hoser0928 ,

Hoser0928

Great album!

MagnumTR ,

Great New Music from Sister Hazel

This is a great collection of new music from Sister Hazel. These guys have been together for a long time and they keep getting better. There are several songs on this CD that could be big hits. Hopefully they will get the break they deserve. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You might even become a Hazel Nut!

KendraHBAFan ,

New music, same feelings

I am a diehard hazelnut so course I’m a little biased about Sister Hazel‘s music, but I will say this is one of the best albums they come out with in recent years. It does have a slightly more country sound, but at the heart of it still has the Sister Hazel sound, and the wonderful Sister Hazel lyrics. Also at the heart of things is the fact that they’re just five small town guys who love to make music, love their families, and are grounded in their home life. “Small Town Living” talks of their love of their homes, and the connection between all people from small towns, and some nostalgia for the community feeling of living in a small town. My favorite song is “Whirlwind Girl”, a classic, fun, singalong song perfect for summer drives, or anytime you can open the windows and just sing at the top of your lungs. Ken Block sounds great, his voice as strong as it was when the band started. Drew Copeland has one song, the lovely “In Two”, which provides yet another lovely ballad that will likely accompany many engagements and weddings. Ryan Newell gets to show his diversity with some banjo playing, Mark Tojanowski and Jett Beres provide the great back beat, Dave Legrande some great keyboard work, and all but Mark provide the awesome harmonies Sister Hazel is known for, and I love. All in all a great little album with a great mixture of song types, a great listen with in my opinion, nary a bad note.

About Sister Hazel

Combining elements of acoustic rock, folk, and jangle pop, Sister Hazel formed in 1993 in Gainesville, Florida. The band's five members all boasted ties to the city's local scene: Vocalist/guitarist Ken Block and guitarist/vocalist Andrew Copeland canvassed the coffee shop circuit as a duo, lead guitarist Ryan Newell honed his chops with the local band Waterdog, bassist Jett Beres studied his instrument while pursuing a degree in architecture, and drummer Mark Trojanowski played with several Florida-based jazz ensembles before pursuing a career in pop music. Forging an earthy, melodic sound that highlighted the band's vocal harmonies, Sister Hazel released an eponymous debut in 1994 before moving to a major label for their second album, 1997's Somewhere More Familiar.

"All for You" topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997, nearly reaching the national Top Ten in the process, and the success propelled the album to platinum status. After touring heavily and taking another turn in the recording studio, Sister Hazel returned in the summer of 2000 with a follow-up album, Fortress. Released by Universal Records, the album was cut from the same pop/rock cloth as its predecessor, and "Change Your Mind" enjoyed modest popularity as a single. Fortress still failed to match the band's early success, however, and Sister Hazel were no longer part of Universal's roster by the time their next album, Chasing Daylight, appeared in 2003. They returned a year later with Lift, and despite Sister Hazel's relative absence from the airwaves, they continued to cultivate a respectable grassroots following, using the Internet to their advantage and touring relentlessly.

The band continued releasing albums to a small but loyal audience, including 2006's Absolutely and a live studio performance album entitled Before the Amplifiers: Live Acoustic. As the decade drew to a close, they released their seventh studio album, 2009's Release. Heartland Highway followed in the fall of 2010. Next came an extended hiatus, but in 2015, Sister Hazel announced that they would be releasing their ninth LP, the Chip Matthews-produced contemporary country makeover Lighter in the Dark, in February 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

ORIGIN
Gainesville, FL
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1993

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