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Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Half Smile, 2002 (US) and 2004 (UK)
Vocally Sandy Denny and Beth Orton
Guitar-based contemporary folk and folk/rock music with gorgeous vocals and lovely harmonies. The lead singer, Piano, has a stunning voice, somewhat reminiscent of Sandy Denny and Beth Orton. (Neile)
Comments about live performance:
I saw them open for Joan Baez about a month ago, and I found them generally tedious. They seemed to have pretty nice harmonies, but the set was completely listless. I couldn't make out many of their lyrics, except they seemed to be generally downbeat. I thought their sound might actually play out well on disc (or maybe in a smaller club?). Half of the people around me thought they were terrible and played far too long (about a 45-minute opening set), while the other half bought their discs. (3/99, neal)
Recommended first album:
1999—Hannibal Records—HNCD 1413
Highly recommended for fans of contemporary folk
Sam Harley—bass on 3 tracks, strat on 2 tracks
Hank Dogs (3 tracks); Hank Dogs with Sam Harley (3 tracks); Sam Harley with Hank Dogs (6 tracks); Executive Producer, Joe Boyd
This is really lovely throughout, especially the harmonies, but there are two songs that totally knock me out and are the stuff of obsession: the painfully haunting "Let Go" and the Spanish-rhythm-based dark and spare title track, "Bareback". These are amazing, heart-wrenching songs. The rest of the album is tough and and lovely, but these: wow. (Neile)
2002—Rykodisc/Carthage (US); 2004—Spinney (UK)—Spinney 004CD
Highly recommended for folk fans
Piano—vocals, guitar, sticks, accordion
Adam Kirk—dobro (5)
Hank Dogs; Executive producer, Joe Boyd
The 2004 UK version has two extra tracks.
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