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