When it comes to Twin Cities singer-songwriter JEFF HANSON, it's all about the voice. Sure, the man knows his way around a gentle melody and a graceful arrangement, but it's the seemingly natural highness of his yearning, boyish (girlish?) vocals that will either draw you in or drive you away.
On his third solo long-player, MADAM OWL, Hanson continues to sing at the tippy-top of his register. The arrangements remain graceful; the melodies, gentle (if not, perhaps, as memorable as in outings past). I'd love to hear this guy commit himself to an album's worth of more "driving" tuneage [a la "Welcome Here" below]. JEFF BUCKLEY-by-way-of-LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM-by-way-of-JIM CROCE is a musical construct that can't miss with this particular listener.
MADAM OWL is available for purchase today. [HERE], for instance. For those wishing to kick the tires a bit first, the album can be streamed in its entirety [HERE].
JEFF HANSON on MySPACE.
From the LP MADAM OWL, 2008 >>>
[MP3] "Your Only Son"
[MP3] "The Hills"
From the LP JEFF HANSON, 2005 >>>
[MP3] "This Time It Will"
[MP3] "Welcome Here"
From the LP SON, 2003 >>>
[MP3] "The End of Everything Known"
[MP3] "You Are the Reason"