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20th Feb







Artist Review: Jim Henrickson

 

Jim Henrickson - The Stars Will Shine On

 

WeLoveYourSongs Page: http://weloveyoursongs.com/artist/2548

Oh boy, do we ever get a back story! And for that matter, we get an entire character developed here. I just happened upon the phrase “creative genius” too so… we’re going to see that happens. Open mind here, promise.

We can at least appreciate someone who can make fun of himself, which is very much the case here. “this solo project is just a way to build up his song-writing abilities while he looks for people to collaborate with, but he also likes to think that Star Wars is real, so… yeah” might be my favorite line here. He includes outstanding reviews from random people. Yah know what, after reading this, I’m game for anything this guy has to bring. Let’s do this!

“Hailey and Sam” kicks things off and I might already be in love with the guitar and tempo here. This is a sound that appeals to my every sense. The vocals are light and sweet, yet there’s a rock sound in the backing. If this isn’t one for driving on a clear night where you can see the stars, I don’t know what is.

This gets followed up with “Before the War” and as a Matchbox 20 fan, there’s something wonderfully familiar. The vocal mix is a little too low with the instruments sort of overpowering, but it sounds like otherwise the songwriting was well done. I could actually do without the harmonies to be honest – the solo voice tells the story perfectly fine throughout.

I know the page says he’s from College Station, TX, but seeing the title “The Pirate Kings of N 91st Street” just makes me think NYC – but that’s because any numbered street reminds me of the city, regardless as to whether it exists for real or not. Anywhos, the song! Well, the song’s a little deeper than the previous ones, complete with unexpected bass drums that make it more intense than expected. But I get the allusion to rain, and that’s really sweet.

“Birds In The Snow” is from the first venture out with music, and it’s interesting to take a step backwards in the songwriting evolution of an artist. I think he came a long way from this, where computerized sounds seem to dominate the harder moments. While the thoughts are still clearly just as strong, this song itself is early and not as polished instrumentally.

Again, “About A Cloud” is earlier, and somehow seems the most produced. That’s not to say that it’s not just as lovely and listenable as the rest – it’s downright beautiful! But with an artist I’m growing to enjoy this much, I have to take some sort of a critical ear to the songs as they come out. So on a scale of 1-10 of like it lots to adore it a ton, I’m at about a 5, if that helps the gauge.
 
I wasn’t going into this with any big expectations one way or another, mostly due to that extensive and oddball bio. Sometimes you have to let go and give music a chance, and man am I glad I did that here. Excellent music development, and I would love to hear more. Bravo Jim!
 

Comments, questions, suggestions? EMAIL ME! I will reply! jh@weloveyoursongs.com
Read more reviews, including full-album listen-thrus, on Janelle’s site: Ears Like A Hawke: hawkeears.weebley.com.                                                                                Follow all of her latest updates on twitter - @HawkeEars - See more at: http://weloveyoursongs.com/blog/view/234/Artist+Review:+Akcay+Karaazmak#sthash.LnA0JGQ3.dpuf

Comments, questions, suggestions? EMAIL ME! I will reply! jh@weloveyoursongs.com

Read more reviews, including full-album listen-thrus, on Janelle’s site: Ears Like A Hawke: hawkeears.weebly.com.

Follow all of her latest updates on twitter - @HawkeEars

Comments, questions, suggestions? EMAIL ME! I will reply! jh@weloveyoursongs.com
Read more reviews, including full-album listen-thrus, on Janelle’s site: Ears Like A Hawke: hawkeears.weebley.com.                                                                                Follow all of her latest updates on twitter - @HawkeEars - See more at: http://weloveyoursongs.com/blog/view/234/Artist+Review:+Akcay+Karaazmak#sthash.LnA0JGQ3.dpuf


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