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|Evan Johns & His H-Bombs||Drums|
|Paul Spatola||Dobro, Guitar, Piano|
|Eyvonne Williams Hines||Vocals|
|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|
Posted October 1, 2010
It was in a fit of spontinaity that I bought Hurt's first CD. I thought they were alright from what songs I've heard on the radio, but it was the nonradio-friendly songs that blew me away. Hoping that Hurt was able to resist the allure of making radio-friendly music I went out and bought Vol. II, and as you'd have it I lucked out. This Cd has become one of my all-time favorites. The literature in which J. Loren uses in his songs helps to satiate my need to feel smarter than everyone else, though it can be presumptuous who cares so am I. It's just incredible how many new and different approaches the band make toward these songs where the experiementation actually pays off. It'd take some open-mindedness from Tool fans to take on this band, but I recommend them for their similar musical composition where the hook isn't thrown in after two phrases. Theres actual points to the songs being arranged the way they are. Give this CD a try and you'll find at least one moment where Hurt's music will open your ear and climb into your head with an accessibility to the rest of their set. Ever since this CD I check every week to see news of any new CD coming out from this band. Highly recommended.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Hurt's distinctive sound is like Tool filtered through Alice In Chains with Pearl Jam colliding with Godsmack. Still, they have a sound all their own, made all the more distinct by J. Loren’s beautiful, gritty vocals. Loren’s talents as a lyricist really shine here. The stories are told in ways that people can truly relate to. They tell of struggles with addiction (“Loded,” “Better”), painful relationships (“On The Radio,” “Abuse of SID”), and disillusion with religion (“Talking To God”). Despite the openness of the lyrics, they never sound clichéd, or voyeuristic. He wants to leave a lasting impression on the listener, and that’s exactly what Vol. II does. “Summers Lost” kicks off with a quiet acoustic guitar riff that develops into a crescendo with great loud-soft dynamics. Following this is “Ten Ton Brick,” which is Hurt at their hardest. Even when they’re chugging away with heavy basslines, the band never ceases to be melodic. Songs like “Assurance” and “Alone With The Sea” round out the setlist with beautiful, mellow passages and amazing vocal harmonies. The music is also more diverse, covering more ground as the band transitions seamlessly between melodic metal (“Ten Ton Brick,” “Loded”), acoustic riffs (“Summers Lost, “Assurance”), and beautiful harmonizing vocals (“Alone With The Sea"). Hurt’s debut album was fantastically diverse, but Vol. II takes this to new heights. Vol. I introduced Hurt and showcased their flawless songwriting and terrific musicianship. Everything that made Hurt special from Vol. I has been magnified tenfold here. It pushes Hurt’s musicianship to new heights and gives us a few surprises, but doesn’t stray too far from Hurt’s refreshingly distinct sound.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 25, 2009
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