(04 October 2001) With three compact discs to her credit, singer
songwriter Hannah Fury's first full length album is entitled The Thing
That Feels (MellowTraumatic Recordings (USA) MTR002 CD, 2000). Her
debut recording, Soul Poison (MTR001 CD, 1998) is a five-track EP;
most recently Hannah released a six-track limited edition EP entitled
Meathook (MTR003CD, 2001) featuring four all new tracks. Hannah
is based in Austin, Texas.
The tracks on Soul Poison are evocatively sung primarily over
simple piano arrangements. Although some have compared her work to Tori
Amos, Hannah's whispy style reminded us of immediately Xyra & Verborgen
(review) by her style. Wrenched with
emotion, the singer's talent is immediately evident.
"The Necklace of Marie Antoinette," "Idaho" and "The Last Piece of
Cake" are softly sung relatively dark ballads. Occasional vocal harmonies
add to the sonic texture. "Scars" is a lovely ballad with elements of
"Scarborough Fair" scattered within the lyrics and arrangements. "Eat
The Dirt" is more upbeat and lushly arranged with electronic keyboard
and piano joined by piano and other effects but not without dark elements
as well. The concluding track summarises the other four included within
Thirteen heartfelt vocally strong tracks grace Hannah's album
The Thing That Feels. Performed and recorded in a style similar
to her debut EP, lead and harmony vocals are primarily accompanied by
gentle piano arrangements. Listeners will immediately notice the
additional harmony layers that add to the album's acoustic texture.
The Thing That Feels is comprised primarily of dark ballads
and the listener must be positively disposed to the style or risk
being drawn unwillingly into the melancholy textures within it. A
stunning piano instrumental entitled "Of Longing And Otherness" is
also included on the album. Hannah's vocal work is full of emotion,
tender and sweet and perfectly suits the style of the material.
New tracks on the Meathook EP continue in the same vein as
Hannah's earlier work; the ballads are dark and sung over lovely piano
arrangements. Vocals have been mixed even further up, well over the
instrumental and individual parts are more clearly defined from one
another. Immediately evident in the production of "Angels & Absinth"
and "The Metro," Hannah's well-produced vocals jump right out of the
We found the artist's interpretations of Abba's "The Winner
Takes It All" quite enjoyable with multi-tracked vocal layers working
well over the light piano arrangement. Hannah also covers "True Love
Will Find You In The End" in with gentle vocals and light piano
accompanying. Certainly the Meathook EP will delight Hannah's
Hannah's album The Thing That Feels is a lovely followup to
her debut Soul Poison. We were provided with lyric sheets for
both recordings certainly available for new listeners from her record
label. You can find further information, photos and soundbites at Hannah's
website and order her album
here. Worth a journey, Hannah's recordings are a nice listen.