CAT # 11661-3240-2
1. Firethief 4:07 2. Lucky 3:47 3. Receiver 4:07 4. Redwing 4:12 5. My Father's Waltz 2:10 6. Hollow 3:54 7. A-hunting We Will Go 4:17 8. An Easy One 3:10 9. Strays 3:51 10. Cincinnati Traveler 1:02 11. Jackson 3:32 12. Dance with Me, Now Darling 3:04 13. The Beautiful Sea 2:37 14. Eveningland 1:01 15. Pacific Street 3:10 16. Carry Me Home 3:34
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As the eight-piece Brooklyn collective Hem releases their second full-length album, Eveningland, their reputation precedes them as one of the most distinctive and emotionally rewarding bands in American music. Hem's homespun blend of vintage Americana, country/folk and chamber music made its 2002 independently released debut Rabbit Songs a critical success, inviting musical and lyrical comparisons to everyone from Dusty Springfield to Randy Newman to Aaron Copland. On Eveningland, recorded during their brief tenure with the ill-fated Dreamworks label, the band shows how deeply they've matured as musicians and songwriters. Eveningland, produced by Messé and guitarist Gary Maurer, updates the rustic charm of Rabbit Songs as references to bygone folk tunes give way to sonic touchstones from another classic era. 'These songs have more of a relationship to the '60s and early '70s. We're all in love with that Countrypolitan sound,' Messé says reverently referring to classics like Ray Charles' Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and albums by Glen Campbell and even the Carpenters.
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