Half Moon Full Star Records
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!