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Half Smile Import

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UK version with a differant sleeve & 2 bonus tracks. Finely crafted folk, a dash of Gram Parsons mixed in with Vashti Bunyan. Spinney. 2004.


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B0001Z64V8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #322,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Someone recommended Hank Dogs to me as I am a fan of 60's/70's accoustic giants like Donovan, Bread Love and Dreams, Nick Drake, Pentangle, etc.. Normally I'm not too excited about music from the 80's/90's and the new millenium (as I still feel the classic era will always be the late 60's/70's as far as folk/rock goes). I have not yet heard "Bareback" but bought "Half Smile" and plugged it in. Right away, I noticed rolling/bubbling accoustic guitar interplay leading into some nice etheral female vocals. This sets the trend for the whole album which is wonderful. I'm excited about this band. Seems like that region of England has housed so many incredible folk/rock giants and this band is (deservedly so) another important part of the British folk scene. I cannot place it but there "is" a difference between the British/American folkrock scene. I think I prefer the British scene and Hank Dogs is another reason why. Great job. Hank Dogs is also produced by Joe Boyd (legendary producer of Nick Drake albums, Incredible String Band and so many other classic folk/rock albums from the 60's and 70's). Joe Boyd has a "midas touch". Seems like anything he touches/produces is excellent. Look for his name on the back of albums and you will "know" that the band is excellent as he is an expert in picking out folk/rock talent. Hank Dogs impressed him enough to be their producer. It's not hard to see why when you hear this album...
By the way, *if* you do like Hank dogs, you will no doubt like these legendary 60's/70's folk/rock artists: Donovan, Bread Love and Dreams, Magna Carta, Trader Horne, Pentangle, Nick Drake, Spirogyra (the 70's british folk/rock outfit and not the 90's jazz band), The Strawbs, Sandy Denny, Joan Baez, etc...
I'm looking forward to receiving my Bareback album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Smyers on July 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Hank Dogs are still haunted, still acoustic, and still harmonious.
Although not the masterpiece that Bareback was, this album is of very good quality. This album seems to be more light with less of the darkness needed to give it the added focus and form that had elevated their previous album to such critical acclaim. This album also lacks any given track that would seemingly come out of the woodwork and grab your attention.
This album is great background music, perfect for working or studying. It ranks up w/ the works of Leo Kottke, Brian Eno, Phil Keaggy, or Dianna Krall in this regard. However, it is not an album to have your sole focus on.
Yet I find myself still giving this album four stars.... why? Is it because of band loyalty? No. With only one previous album, Lily, their percussionist would have to give me a kiss on the cheek for that to happen this early.
Is it because the concept of punk rockers playing folk music with their respective ex's and children intruiges this former sociologist? Well, that helps but no.
Rather, it is the music (which is as it should be). This is an album that flows. This is an album met to be swallowed whole, which is what an album should be. It is complete in its own right. There is not one song, instrument, or vocal that detracts from the cd. This work is a credit to the whole folk-alternative-country genre...
... and more important to my stereo...
...it has made it into the box of 19 that get regular play in my house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charles Cutshall on June 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Once again Hank Dogs have given us a well-recorded collection of tunes to enjoy and enjoy again. It's not quite as good as their first offering, but it's very good, nevertheless.
The sound...well, whereas the ladies' vocals previously conjured up images of Linda Thompson, this time around it's more of a Merilee Rush sound. The song textures also remind me of CSN's work (mostly Crosby). Once again, the ladies handle the bulk of the vocals but Andy's "perfunctory" tune is a good one, and I'd like to hear more from him next time around.
This album ought to appeal to the Lillith Fair crowd, although the lyrics may be a bit too straight-laced for them. Nevertheless, in the wake of "Oh Brother's" success, this CD could be Hank Dogs' breakthrough. But, how about a more colorful cover next time arouund?
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe A. Stokes on May 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you were blown away by the full blown masterpiece of "Bareback" as I was then you may be a little disappointed by "Half smile". Although nowhere in the packaging or notes does it say when it was recorded it is obvious to me that it was recorded earlier than "Bareback" which reveals a fully mature songwriting genius (I don't use the word lightly, but that is how I revere "Bareback").
"Half Smile" is lovely and definitely worth hearing, but don't expect it to be as rewarding. I for one have been eagerly awaiting an equal or greater follow-up to "Bareback" but this is not it.
If you are already a fan of the Hank Dogs then buy it. If you are new to them then get the other.It is Brilliant.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan Grossberg on July 3, 2004
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Another superb album, as good as (if not better than) "Bareback". Some of the finest acoustic guitar and mesmerizing harmonies this side of the Moon. Enough said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff B. on November 19, 2009
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Over the years, I've stumbled across a number of bands that seemed great, well beyond their popularity. In other words, why doesn't everyone know about these guys?? Well in my book, the Hank Dogs may be the best "undiscovered" band of all time. Both Half Smile and Bareback are excellent, all the way through. It's hard to compare their music to any other band, but I'd say if you like dark, acoustic, alt. country or alt. folk , this is for you. It's like Cowboys Junkies meets Indigo Girls, meets Stan Ridgeway.
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