Starting Over

Starting Over

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by Ernie Halter
     
 

When a recording artist titles an album Starting Over, as several have, it comes as a clear statement of intent. In the case of neo-blue-eyed soulman Ernie Halter, that statement seems to have been intended as a personal one. "The new record is called Starting Over for a reason," Halter is quoted as saying in a press release. "I wanted the title to be…  See more details below

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When a recording artist titles an album Starting Over, as several have, it comes as a clear statement of intent. In the case of neo-blue-eyed soulman Ernie Halter, that statement seems to have been intended as a personal one. "The new record is called Starting Over for a reason," Halter is quoted as saying in a press release. "I wanted the title to be direct, simple, and set the tone for the album. In this past year, I experienced the unraveling of my marriage and the birth of my first son." To be sure, those are momentous events in anyone's life. But the songs on Starting Over and the manner in which they are performed do not justify the title. Although the disc begins with "Different Lives," a breakup song, most of the songs are about happy love, not sad, and none are about childbirth. (Arguably, the final song, "Lighthouse," could be a father's declaration of support for a child, but it really sounds like another romantic love song.) And Halter certainly is not starting over in terms of musical approach. Most of the descriptions that were applied to his last album, Congress Hotel, apply here, too. Stevie Wonder still rules as a primary influence (in particular, "Blue Dress" has some of the vocal feel of "Boogie on Reggae Woman"), and among contemporary performers, John Mayer still bears holding up for comparison. Halter does introduce a suggestion of South African mbaqanga music in "Crazy Love," but for the most part this is the music of a white boy in love with '70s mainstream R&B. He sounds more distinctive when he strips away the instrumentation, as he does, for example, on "Lighthouse," employing only a piano. But instead of calling the album Starting Over, he should have called it "Steady as She Goes."

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Rock Ridge Music
UPC:
0677516116527
catalogNumber:
61165

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ernie Halter   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Organ
Matt Chiaravalle   Guitar,Percussion
Jason Spiewak   Organ,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Organ
Michael Peters   Drums

Technical Credits

David Batteau   Composer
Ron Aniello   Composer
Cynthia Cochrane   Art Direction
Mike Anzel   Engineer
Blake Davis   Composer
Musiq (Soulchild)   Composer
Matt Chiaravalle   Engineer
Jason Spiewak   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Jason "Slim" Gambill   Composer
Kasia Livingston   Composer
Tom Derr   Producer,Executive Producer
Ernie Halter   Composer
Josh Hoge   Composer

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Starting Over 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My granddaughter loves it.