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Album Review

Back in the '70s, not everyone was shaking their booties to Parliament/Funkadelic and Bootsy's Rubber Band, banging their heads to Black Sabbath and Kiss, or moshing to the Ramones. There were also the introspective types — the people who craved folk-rock and soft rock and spent many hours savoring Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Janis Ian. Thankfully, many of the singer/songwriters who were influential during that era remained influential long after the '70s ended — and their work has had an impact on countless singer/songwriters who emerged in the '90s and 2000s. One of the singer/songwriters who has benefited considerably from the '70s without being stuck in the '70s is Beth Hirsch. The Florida native, who was only 12 when the '70s ended, owes a lot to '70s-era Mitchell, but '90s/2000s singer/songwriters like Sarah McLachlan and Beth Orton have also inspired her and have a positive influence on Wholehearted. Not that Hirsch is actually emulating Mitchell, McLachlan, Orton, or anyone else; reflective offerings such as "How Far You'll Go," "All Together," and "Love Will Come Again" underscore the fact that Hirsch is a talented singer/songwriter in her own right. Hirsch, who has incorporated jazz elements in the past, sometimes incorporates them on Wholehearted. That doesn't make this 2007 release jazz — this is an adult alternative/folk-rock album, not an Abbey Lincoln or Sheila Jordan album — but Hirsch, like Mitchell, obviously realizes that there is no reason why someone operating in folk, rock, or pop cannot be influenced by jazz in a healthy way. Hirsch turned 40 in 2007, and Wholehearted demonstrates that 2007 was also the year in which she offered some of her most memorable work.

Customer Reviews

Nice easy-to-listen-to voice

Actually "found" this artist while looking for the Christian song "wholehearted" -- liked her sound, listened to several song clips, decided to try the whole album.


Born: 1967 in Tampa, FL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s

Plucking into the sweet melodies of Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan and ripping into the raw emotion of Joni Mitchell, singer/songwriter Beth Hirsch is another strong female artist ready to jump on the bandwagon of all things Lilith. Blending simplistic acoustic guitar and passionate vocalic beauty, Hirsch can frolic into the new folk-rock movement associated with artists such as Shawn Colvin. Born in 1967, Hirsch spent her childhood and early teenage years in Tampa, Florida, enjoying her affinity...
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