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NOVEMBER BREEZE – HANNAH GRASER

 

Written by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com

Hannah Grasers’ pleasant vocals and soft heartfelt emotions on “November Breeze” permeate throughout this wonderful effort. With very distinct vocals in the mold of a Paula Cole, Lisa Loeb or Shawn Colvin, she projects a simple but overpowering quality in her presentations. She gives that feeling of what is in her heart, body and soul and does it in a very professional way.

“LightHouse”, “We Cannot Erase” and “Pink Ribbon Skylines” are extremely moving ballads in the mold of a Norah Jones. The exquisite talent needed to write and perform songs like these at this level is rare.

The title track “November Breeze” makes me visualize a grey day, bare trees and the chill of winter’s impending approach. Simple, yet compelling, this number hits home! “JDC” is a nice mid-tempo number with a great storyline that has the sound of an early Jewel. “How I Feel In September” has a nice soft-rock feeling that takes me back to the days of Natalie Merchant in her early solo years. The instrumental track on the CD is a very pleasant relaxing number that unwound me quickly. The simple riffs are clean and refreshing.

“Buy And Sell Out” is a song that has awesome harmonies, nice overdubs, clean vocals and that ever present acoustic guitar blending together nicely. The lyrics in “No Vacancy” took me back to the early days of some classic Joan Armatrading from the late 70’s.

“Grace Amazing” is a classic! This song is so cool! The fresh composition and heartfelt vocals lend itself to this unique tune. The way that the original Amazing Grace was infiltrated into this makes this a number that could do well in Christian music circles.

Yes, the comparisons are there. Why? I heard every one of them in this well written and produced effort. Hannah has an awesome set of pipes and she uses them to her advantage on every one of her songs. By the way, see if you can decipher the hidden message on the back of the CD!