Friday, January 30, 2009

Exhale Your Blues - Hannah Spiro

Hannah Spiro, despite being only 18, writes beyond her years. Her album, Exhale Your Blues is an easy listening singer/songwriter album recorded sparsely with acoustic guitars, simple percussion, and layered vocals.

Her title track captures the versatility of her voice the best - a broader range from soulish low notes to a higher falsetto, beautiful harmonies, and even a fun spoken section. Its a signature sound that can be heard throughout her record.

Perhaps her spoken-heavy songs tell poignant and fun stories, but unfortunately don't translate through the production as strongly as her more melodic and sung pieces. Her voice is clear and confident and is her strong suit, really exposing itself on tracks like My Maple. I expect we'll be hearing a lot more from Hannah over the next few years.

If you find yourself in the D.C. area, be sure and check out an intimate show with Spiro!

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

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