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Eveningland

4.4 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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Eveningland, produced by Mess‚ and guitarist Gary Maurer, updates the rustic charm of Rabbit Songs as references to bygone folk tunes give way to sonic touchstones from another classic era. 'These songs have more of a relationship to the `60s and early `70s. We're all in love with that Countrypolitan sound,' Mess‚ says reverently referring to classics like Ray Charles' Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music, and albums by Glen Campbell and even the Carpenters.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B0002W4T6M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,948 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By John Truslow on April 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Played in the background, Hem's music generates an afirming but soulful mood, but to be fully appreciated, it is music that must be listened to closely. When you focus on these peaceful, soothing tracks, it's like studying a painting, or reading a book. Each of us will get something different out of the effort, but its quality remains undeniable and its spirit presents itself as timeless. Yes, there is a classic, folksy, southern charm to these tunes, but the music is still appealing to everyone. Buy this album.
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...if folks are at all disappointed by the second. Unlike some of the earlier reviewers I actually bought the CD after hearing their version of "Jackson" on the radio & then found a whole bunch of additionl stuff that I liked. This is one of those CDs that has lived in the changer since it got here, my 12 year old daughter has already memorized big chiunks of songs to sing along, and I am definitely looking for more of their stuff in future. What can one say? Great lead vocals, nice arrangements, good lyrics, go get it.
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I must admit, my first reaction to Eveningland was quite similar to the reviewer below - what I heard at first was, most certainly, not the Hem that I had fallen in love with on Rabbit Songs, and I wondered what had happened to the band I knew so well. What? An orchestra? Drums?? It didn't take too many listens, though, to begin to hear what I'm now convinced is one of the most exciting albums of the year. The songwriting is utterly beautiful and filled with a cautious hope, and Sally's voice is, to my ears, measurably stronger and more exciting than on their debut. I don't hear her "covering" anything up, but hear her exploring new territory with real confidence. And I freely confess, it's not that the arrangements never come off as a little odd, but rather that I've quickly learned how rewarding it is to follow Hem to whatever new places they go on Eveningland, odd or not.

This is a rare kind of record: one that sets a bold and beautiful course, and I would recommend it to anyone without hesitation. Hem have something really special here.

And PS: Tracks 9 and 16 are indeed thematically linked, but I see nothing wrong in that (and neither have countless composers who have come before). It's cool, actually, in that it weaves a recognizable thread into the fabric of the album as a whole.
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I've waited 4 months to supplement the overall rave (4.5 stars at this writing) this album has received, and I don't compose many reviews (this is my 2d). But I am moved so much by Hem, I had to write.

As with most really good music, you should experience it live, preferably before you've committed to your brain the way it sounds on the recorded end-product. With Hem, that order isn't as crucial (as they don't really tour that much), but securing your access to their music is essential. Many before me comment about how different "Eveningland" is from "Rabbit Songs." Good for all of us -- for the band who wasn't content to stick to "formula" (so how is that a sell-out, as one earlier reviewer crows?) and for those of us paying close enough attention to take notice.

This music is for people who are not just casual consumers of music. It really grabs the hearts and minds of folks for whom music is a staple to their existence. But to see Hem live is to experience musicians who love what they do with so much passion it's almost embarrassing to watch (to wit: those in the band who aren't vocalists are also singing along, or at least mouthing the lyrics of dare-I-say brilliant Dan Messe; what a tribute and testament!).

Also, for those seeking 2002's "Rabbit Songs," (no shame in late discoveries), buy it from their website ([...] instead of paying crazy prices on eBay, etc. It helps support the band more directly. Buy two for that matter, because as someone else has noted, you'll have loaned out one copy fulfilling your role as an evangelista for music that needs, and deserves to be heard (and most likely not on your local radio dial, to be sure). Thanks for reading...
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After hearing half acre a few weeks ago and almost immediately after buying rabbit songs, this cd was released. I was about two years late on the HEM bandwagon. Regardless, I held off bying this cd because I wanted to fall totally in love with Rabbit Songs. Needless to say, I broke down today and bought it. It is every bit as solid as Rabbit Songs and every bit as emotionally driven. It sounds like music used to sound when I was a kid, when music had a soul and the words really meant something and years later you would still remember how that music made you feel. Sally Ellyson and a clarinet together are two of the most beautiful sounding things that compliment each other so perfectly on this disc. I have no standout favorite because I just got the disc and have only listed to it twice, but I did get the 'warm fuzzies' that I had when I first heard Half Acre. Good enough for me. Hem is really special, and I am greatful to have discovered them.
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Hem's 2nd full CD "Eveningland" works exquisitely well. The track that mesmerizes me is "Redwing" with its catchy melody that soars into a glorious climax, "We are standing on the rooftops; We are circling like sparrows; We are tiny, we are trembling; Scared of everything but the heart is still a red wing." What a lovely classic track! Josh Rouse whose lovely CD "Nashville" is also stunning guests on harmony vocals on the closer "Carry Me Home" with his voice subtle in the mix, "So me & Jessie, we left Ohio -- left him bleeding on the valley floor, I felt so dirty I could hardly stand it -- carrying Jessie on my back." The blend of voices on the lovely melody is beautifully sad. The opener "The Fire Thief" is also a strong melody with Sally Ellyson's vocals understated, yet holding the spotlight. "Receiver" is also a strong track, wistful with strings. "Jackson" for me is a Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood tune since Johnny & June's version still isn't in my collection, but this Hem rendition softens the edge with a quiet beauty that warrants repeated listening. "Eveningland" is a strong set for this low-key lovely band. Enjoy!
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