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by Hem
Funnel Cloud by Hem
Released: Sep 2006
Label: Nettwerk Records
The NPR-approved Hem return with a 21-piece orchestra for their fourth release, and this expansive backing neatly contrasts the sparse song arrangements and crisp production. But fear not -- this is still cry-into-your-beer American country-folk, with Sally Ellyson's plaintive vocals maintaining high levels of wistfulness and longing. "Hotel Fire" in particular yearns to be the soundtrack for a lovers-parting scene in the next Deep South epic.
Nicholas Baker