HANNAH BETHEL- “The Freedom EP”
Reviewed October 19, 2013
When you look at the CD for the first time is looks earthy and attractive. Nice colors, flowers and a great feel. Something that makes you remember that mother earth is a good thing. It is in a nice “wallet” style which means it is somewhat eco friendly with no plastic case to end up in a land fill. The credits are sparse and well done. It somewhat reminds the person looking at it of a folk or acoustic rock album cover from the sixties or seventies. I found myself wanting to get it playing, so without further making any more small talk, here are my thoughts on this CD.
01-No Where Left To Roam (3:21)
This song leaves me with a feeling that Alison Krauss was coming from the speakers. It is pure good feel country music the way that many of the majors have seemed to forget how to do. In short, it had me tapping my feet and humming along well before it was very far into the tune. The arrangement was good and all the instruments and voices had a space to fill and that job was handled quite well.
02-Hellbent & Southbound (3:44)
This tune reminded me a lot of what might be deemed an outlaw style tune. It is just full of a lot of attitude that just pops right out of the speakers. This is one of those songs that might make it hard to keep your vehicle at the speed limit if you have it playing while you are driving. You can easily imagine this song on a major Nashville release.
03-Little Blue Flowers (4:01)
The rhythm behind the song at first seemed a little too complicated for the tune. But it actually fits it quite well. It’s a tune that has some quite unique twists in it musically with some counter melodies working with the main melody and actually makes a very interesting arrangement that kept on popping into my ears even after the track was over. Hannah does some nice vocal licks on it. I liked this one a lot.
04- If I Don’t Love You Anymore (4:14)
The acoustic guitar at the beginning just puts you in a mood for heartbreak. I sat here letting the song pull my heart along with and in to it. An interesting chord progression and the underlying sweetening of the other instruments has you imagining good old country music in its heyday and I could envision this one coming out of any old jukebox as a couple slow danced and the smoke swirled. This is what good country heartbreak is all about.
This is just a good feeling song that leaves you feeling happier. It has a nice cohesive backbeat that simply defies you not to listen, hum and tap. Hannah’s voice is stellar when she pushes it here and you can feel what she is trying to convey.
You can tell from listening that the whole album was done with love. Everyone that was involved in this project loved it as much as Hannah and it really shines through in the end product. Any lay person can tell it is a good sounding package and will want to listen to it over and over again.
Any musician would be impressed by the fact that it was recorded at Sony Tree Studios and Ocean Way studios. That extra care shines through in the final recording.
This CD can stand up quite well against the major label releases.
Through Hannah’s music you discover she is a free spirited girl that has a lot of hippie in her. I enjoyed this CD immensely and I found it nice and refreshing.
I do have one complaint about the CD that I would be remiss if I did not tell the listener. It is way too short! I found myself really wanting more Hannah Bethel. You know the old adage in show business, “leave them wanting more.” Hannah accomplished that goal to perfection with this CD.
You won’t be disappointed with this CD and it deserves to be in your collection. For more on Hannah Bethel go to: www.HannahBethel.com