Half Smile

Half Smile

by Hank Dogs
     
 

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Hank Dogs are likely to delight fans of the laid-back British folk music of performers such as John Martyn, Kate Rusby, and Nick Drake (who was produced by Joe Boyd, this album's executive producer). It particularly helps if you'reSee more details below

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Hank Dogs are likely to delight fans of the laid-back British folk music of performers such as John Martyn, Kate Rusby, and Nick Drake (who was produced by Joe Boyd, this album's executive producer). It particularly helps if you're fond of oblique lyrics, a somewhat gothic mood, and some Appalachian country blended with the Celtic influences. This is dreamily beautiful music, although it may be too halcyon for those who want some "rock" in their folk and alternative country-rock. The group's main strengths remain the same as on their first album, Bareback: somewhat quirky song structures, Andy Allen's stellar guitar fingerpicking, and the ethereal singing of Piano and Lily. The songwriting on Half Smile might not be as strong as before, but the vocal harmonies and musicianship are tighter; also, this recording doesn't suffer from the occasionally buried vocals and excessive compression that marred its predecessor. The contrast between some of the darker lyrics and the relatively serene music can be jarring at times (e.g., lines such as "Thank you for being honest/And admitting to all your lies" are not sung with the forceful anger that one might expect) and the album could benefit from greater variation in mood. Nonetheless, it still sounds enchanting.

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Rolling Stone - David Fricke
In three words: tender, sad, enchanting.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2008
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0666017074429
catalogNumber:
674820
Rank:
165900

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Performance Credits

Hank Dogs   Primary Artist
Julia Palmer   Cello
Adam Kirk   Dobro
Jake Rousham   fender rhodes
Jason McNiff   Guitar
Piano Pace   Accordion
Lily Ramona   Accordion

Technical Credits

Joe Boyd   Producer,Executive Producer
Dave Goodman   Engineer
Matt Clark   Engineer
Hank Dogs   Arranger,Producer
Jake Rousham   Engineer
Emily Lazar   Mastering
John Mallison   Engineer
Dave Glover   Engineer
Ank Anubis   Artwork
Asa Bennett   Engineer
Matt Farrer   Engineer
Veronique Rolland   Cover Photo
Matt Tweed   Engineer

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