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Eric Hansen - A Lover's Lullaby

A Lover's Lullaby

Eric Hansen

(005HMFS)

Half Moon Star Records
P. O. Box 65014
Tucson AX 85728-5014

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Moshe Benarroch
(moben@barak-online.net)

This is good news for lovers of straight folk, acoustic, well played, well sung, without trying to sound innovative or different. Think Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, James Taylor or James Keelaghan and you'll get a good idea of what is this about.

In spite of the title, this CD is not one to go to sleep with. You would not like to go to sleep with the dogs barking at you in Telephone For Tulip, a rocking song, as are many others in this CD, that in spite of being completely acoustic they roll.

This is Hansen's fifth CD. The songs include 3-4 musicians, playing cello, dobro, accordion, percussion and other acoustic instruments. I really liked Marcie Brown's cello on Lay This Thing To Rest, an achingly beautiful love ballad: "It's time to say goodbye, I cant help but wonder why", when things have to end but no one knows why.

The CD alternates successfully between slow and more rocking acoustic folk. Hansen's voice is straight and very communicative, as are his lyrics. His melodies are catchy, and although nothing here will change your life, I found this CD very enjoyable, and probably all lovers of folk music will find much to enjoy in it.

And, yes... There is a very funny bonus track, discover it yourself....:-)

Track List

  • Holy Man
  • Telephone For Tulip
  • My Garden of Love
  • A Lover's Lullaby
  • This Too Shall Pass
  • Box Of Chihuahuas
  • Lay This Thing To Rest
  • I Am A Simple Fisherman
  • I'm Over You
  • Little Lamp
  • It's Over Now

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2004, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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