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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
The closest thing Britain has to a Ryan Tedder, London singer/songwriter Jamie Hartman made his name penning tracks for the likes of Natalie Imbruglia, Will Young, and Joss Stone before stepping out from behind the safety of the recording studio to front his own OneRepublic-style pop
ock band, Ben's Brother. After relocating to the remote national park of L.A.'s Topanga Canyon, he's decided to go it alone, with the first album recorded under his own name, III. Produced by Warren Huart the Fray, there's little to separate it from the melodic acoustic sound of 2007's Beta Male Fairytales and 2009's Battling Giants, with 12 tracks which float...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
The closest thing Britain has to a Ryan Tedder, London singer/songwriter Jamie Hartman made his name penning tracks for the likes of Natalie Imbruglia, Will Young, and Joss Stone before stepping out from behind the safety of the recording studio to front his own OneRepublic-style pop
ock band, Ben's Brother. After relocating to the remote national park of L.A.'s Topanga Canyon, he's decided to go it alone, with the first album recorded under his own name, III. Produced by Warren Huart the Fray, there's little to separate it from the melodic acoustic sound of 2007's Beta Male Fairytales and 2009's Battling Giants, with 12 tracks which float from Snow Patrol-esque indie rock "Happy New Year" to dreamy lounge pop "Buddha Allah Jesus Jones" to vintage soul "One Day When I Am a Memory" without leaving any lasting impression. Indeed, for a man whose track record shows he knows his way around an infectious hook, its 12 tracks are disappointingly bland. The appropriately titled "Heartwarm," the twinkling balladry of "Before I Close My Eyes, inspired by the birth of his daughter, and a collaboration with Israeli-born chanteuse Rosi Golan, "Hard Rain," are all pleasant easy listening fare, while his quivering early Rod Stewart-ish tones remain as charming as ever. But it all sounds slightly calculated, as if it was designed by committee to provide the soundtrack for a heartstring-tugging Sunday night TV drama, and while Radio2 will no doubt lap it up, Hartman unwisely appears to have given away his best songs to other artists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/2012
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • EAN: 5060112371493
  • Catalog Number: 1237149

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jamie Hartman Primary Artist, Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Accordion, Electric Guitar, Horn, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Mellotron, Slide Guitar, Wurlitzer, Guitar (12 String Acoustic), Lead
Phil Allen Banjo, Bass, Strings, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Stevie Blacke Strings, Cello, Double Bass
Victor Indrizzo Percussion, Drums
Sean Hurley Bass
Warren Huart Electric Guitar
Zac Rae Synthesizer, Piano, Celeste, Omnichord
Niña Background Vocals
Pete Gordeno Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Boots Ottestad Background Vocals
Blair Sinta Drums
Malcolm Moore Bass
Paul Ill Bass
Karl Brazil Percussion, Drums
James Carrington Background Vocals
Rosi Golan Vocals
Ryan Hunter Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Eduardo Veisyan French Horn
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Phil Allen Engineer
Andy Stochansky Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Warren Huart Composer, Producer
Zac Rae Atmosphere
Pete Gordeno Composer
Boots Ottestad Composer
Jamie Hartman Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, drum programming
James Carrington Composer
Stephen Francis Management
Rosi Golan Duet
Phil Bentley Composer
Conrad Sewell Composer
Zivi Krieger Layout
Orson Oblowitz Cover Design
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