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ALBUM REVIEW: Sarah Jean & The Hounds Of Winter, self-titled

Sarah Jean

This album actually came out in 2006, but as it is an undiscovered gem, I wanted to give it exposure.  I was hipped to this album by the lovely Deirdre Gilmartin, host of “The Independent Stage”, a fantastic program on WDVR radio from Sergeantsville, New Jersey.  This show gives a spotlight to truly independent (and local) music; this album is a knockout on all levels.  Bluesy and rootsy; tight and lush with a clean, crisp, million dollar production by drummer Tom Corea.  Sarah Bolger’s vocals are sultry, seductive and genuinely gripping.

From the get-go, this album draws you in with ease.  “You Darlin'” takes you and holds you; “Better Alone”, with its harmonies, organ backdrop and delicious acoustic guitar is a standout.  “Long Strides” has a classic country feel; “Nothing’s New” goes in an altogether different direction – a power pop number with multi-layered harmonies that stays with you.  “Drift On” is a lazy, laid-back ’70’s vibed number which is a perfect summer song.

These twelve songs have something special about them – a consistency that I appreciate.  You will, too.  Seek this album out!

Group photo courtesy of Tom Correa

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Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?