Eric Hansen - Real Slow

Real Slow

Eric Hansen

002 HMFS

Half Moon Full Star Records
3761 N. Avenida Arbodela
Tucson, AZ 85716-1087
Phone: 520-318-9241

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Guntram Gudowius

This collection of 15 songs showcases the talents and work of a sensitive singer/songwriter. Hansen has been recognized among other awards with being one of the 1999 Kerrville New Folk finalists. With his confident baritone voice he conveys his thoughts on such diverse topics as the ego boosting importance of a cellular phone; a philosophizing frog named Charlie; the finity of life and the lack of time to realize all one's dreams. Some of the lyrics are very intimate, on occasion drifting towards spirituals. For me, as a committed atheist, the repetitive "we are all god's children" is a little too much, but that's me. Also, I do have limited patience for a children's chorus that doesn't sing in tune during a concert. The spontaneity can be fun but I don't want to hear it over and over on a CD.

The production is acoustic and features Eric's fine guitar and spare varied accompaniment. The bluesy songs are underlined by Jamey Garner's haunting harmonica, the new age songs introduce oboes and percussion. All in all a pleasant effort of mostly comforting songs but it fails to grab me.

There is no printout of the lyrics in the booklet!

Track List:

  • Trouble
  • Suntan and A Cellular Phone
  • Let It Rain
  • Real Slow
  • Hello Billie Ann
  • Take My Hand
  • Charlie The Frog
  • I've Got You
  • We Lived In Paris
  • Gently
  • The Differences Between Us
  • Day After Tomorrow
  • Leap Of Faith
  • We've Got To Let Go
  • I Am I

The Musicians:

Eric Hansen - Martin D28 and vocals
Alfredo Hidvoro - percussion
Jamey Garner - harmonica
Amelia David, Paul Rolnick, children and teachers from the Hudson Guild Children's Center - back up vocals
Marianne Osiel - oboes
George Wurzbach - accordion

Produced by Eric Hansen and Paul Rolnick

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2001, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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