Vol. II

Vol. II

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by Hurt
     
 

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Picking up precisely where Hurt's debut left off, Vol. II is the companion piece and culmination of all the group began on Vol. I. In fact, early on, the band originally envisioned this musical corpus if not as a double set, at least as a pair of bookends to be released together. It wasn't to be, and so the two were recorded

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Picking up precisely where Hurt's debut left off, Vol. II is the companion piece and culmination of all the group began on Vol. I. In fact, early on, the band originally envisioned this musical corpus if not as a double set, at least as a pair of bookends to be released together. It wasn't to be, and so the two were recorded separately, with time for growth in between. And grow they have, with Vol. II exhibiting a greater maturity, a more coherent sound, and a more self-confident band. Even so, the two sets are closely intertwined, with themes, both lyrical and musical, from the first disc referenced in the second. On "Better," addiction masquerades as love, on "Abuse of Sid," love masks self-loathing, but with "Assurance," love means never having to say good-bye for good. Cross out "woman" and substitute drugs or alcohol on the latter number, and you've circled right back 'round to addiction. Most chilling, though, is "Talking to God," where there's no love at all, except for a misplaced love of the Lord. The closing triplet "On the Radio," "Et Al," and "Thank You for Listening" struggles with the artist's relationship to his audiences, sometimes symbiotic, other times parasitic. These shifting sands evoke love and hate, frustration and fear, pain and joy, a never-ending waltz between reality and reflection, but which is the mirror and which the solid object, the fans or the band? The music is as varied and complex as the themes, with the epic opener "Summers Lost" one of the set's high points. The radio-friendly "Ten Ton Brick" was the obvious pick for first single, its counterpoint, "Aftermath," not so much so, but a wonderfully moody, introspective number regardless. "Abuse of Sid" is a heady brew of classic and modern rock elements, "Better" a splendid alt-rocker with dramatic shifts in tempo and mood, "God" is graced with dramatic strings, "Assurance" with jazzy piano and a glowing prog rock atmosphere, and "Alone with the Sea" sports a melancholy banjo. An adventurous and powerful set musically and emotionally, rounding off the phenomenal journey the band began on Vol. I.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2007
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094639465620
catalogNumber:
94656
Rank:
11399

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hurt   Primary Artist
Valerie Carter   Vocals
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Elaine Caswell   Vocals
Lynn Fiddmont   Vocals
Evan Johns & His H-Bombs   Drums
Paul Spatola   Dobro,Guitar,Piano
Eyvonne Williams Hines   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ted Taylor   Art Direction
Larry Tuttle   String Arrangements
Novi Novog   String Arrangements
Eric Greedy   Producer,Engineer
Dave Watts   Drum Technician
Tom Lewis   Engineer,Management
Dave Klotz   Programming,String Arrangements
Brian Winshell   Programming
Tom Gloady   Engineer

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