Sarah Hallman,
Sarah Hallman
(Busted Flat, 2007)

If you're in the mood for mellow, sad music, Sarah Hallman's self-titled debut album has a lot to offer.

Her emotionally-charged voice is the kind designed to draw the listener in, insisting one pay attention so as not to miss a word of the lyrics. The lyrics of these 12 original tracks overflow with life experience, nostalgia and -- yes -- beauty.

This is no amateur. Hallman is a mature singer who draws on her experience of life to present a message that is warm and intimate, sad and (sometimes) funny. The melancholy of tracks like "Show" and "Sadness" is relieved by the catchy "Snowballin'" and more upbeat "Shovel."

Hallman's vocals, guitar and piano are ably supported by Brian Simms, guitar and backing vocals; Adam Fogo, bass; Jeremy Gara and Tim Watson, drums; Dave Draves, organ, piano and accordion; Shannon Lyon, banjo; Mike Feurstack, lapsteel; John Tielli, backing vocals; and Chris Gresbrecht, piano.

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review by
John R. Lindermuth

21 June 2008

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