суббота, 2 февраля 2013 г.

Home Groan - Raccoon (2002 Me)

Artist: Home Groan
Album: Raccoon
Label: Me Records/Tuba
Catalog#: ME 007
Country: Norway
Year: 2002
Genre: Folk, World, Country, Rock
Total Time: 00:51:01

Like it's been said before; Martin Hagfors is one of the most productive artists in the Norwegian rock scene. 
Raccoon is Home Groan's 6th album in 6 years. In addition Hagfors has been part of the HGH project for some records. Busy man, right.
Home Groan play music up the alley of Tom Petty/Wilco; some sort of pop-ish Americana with a slight touch of country rock. And they do it well. Skilled and solid, catchy and hummable. Yet I feel they're bit too straightforward and "mainstream". It's nice and cosy, but a bit too safe. Too grey for my eyes and ears, even though there are some songs even I like the better. Such as "Emergency Exit", the very fine "Confession", and the extremely poppy "On and On She's Gone". I'm sure Home Groan have got some devoted fans around. I'm not one of them, but I wish Home Groan the best of luck.

                 All songs written by Martin Hagfors
                 Except «On and On She Goes» (Finsrud / Hagfors)
                 (P) & © Home Groan Productions 2002
                 Home Groan would like to thank all of our fans,
                 both on the inside and on the outside.

 • Tracklist:

01. The Darkest Sword 3:24
02. Maximum Amount 3:40
03. Emergency Exit 4:36
04. On and On She Goes 4:17
05. In the Heart of the Land 3:32
06. Pretty Little Human Weed 4:10
07. Foreign Legion Lovable Guy 4:45
08. Another Great Day 3:16
09. Prison Girl 4:41
10. Confession 4:01
11. Talking to Myself 4:55

                All basic tracks recorded "live in studio" on Sept. 15, 16, 17 2002 in the classrooms of
                the old Oiseth school house, next door to the infamous Shabby Road studio of  Kongsvinger.
                All mixing and harmony vocals done at The Home Groan Studio in Spydeberg, Norway.
                Produced by Martin Hagfors and Amos Trapper Osborne.
                Mastered by Egg + Bacon
                Arranged by Home Groan
                Cover by Hakon Hoffart

Martin Hagfors - Lead & High harmony Vocals, Acoustic & Electric guitar, Harmonica
Even Finsrud - High harmony Vocals, Drums, Cuatro guitar (Another Great Day)
Bengt Olsson - Mid harmony Vocals, Electric & Acoustic guitar, Trash can (Another Great Day)
Odd Eirik Fleischer - Low harmony Vocals, Bass guitar
Vidar Ersfjord - Rhodes piano, Organ, Plastic keys, Melodica, Trombone, noise
Terje Johannesen - Trumpet (Confession)

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