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The Break-In (Bonus Track Version)

The Break-In (Bonus Track Version) by Ari Hest
Released: May 2007
Label: Project 4 Records
Though The Break-In sounds less steeped in Ari Hest's NYC surroundings than his 2004 debut, musings like "So Slow" dazzle with the same kind of Big Apple wide-eyed wonder found on Josh Rouse's lofty "Rise." Hest's vocal range settles in here, effortlessly traversing from impassioned tenor to buttery falsettos with the ease and grace of a skilled skater floating on the Rockefeller Center ice rink. "Bird Never Flies" also reflects this wintry melancholia while boasting some impressive Nick Drake guitar tunings. The title track exudes an autumnal sweetness and sets a romantic mood.
Eric Shea