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Heathcote Hill

Save The Ones You Love

Review by Gary Hill

Fans of mainstream rock inspired by folk and country should give this new set a try. The five songs contained here all work well. Perhaps more importantly, each has a unique sonic vision. Lead singer Megan Porcaro Herspring calls to mind people like Tracy Chapman.

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Track by Track Review
Save The Ones You Love
There is a cool jazzy groove at the start of this. As the vocals join there are some hints of country music in the mix, too. Overall, this is a pop rock number that's just oozing retro cool. This is timeless and yet fresh, too. It's accessible and effective. It also makes for a great opening number.
Till These Troubles Pass Through
Acoustic guitar tones with some echoey kinds of trippiness are the order of business as this opens. Again, the vocals bring some country to the mix. This is a mellower, slower moving cut that's quite dramatic and powerful.
Reckless Love
This rocker has plenty of timeless qualities to it. It's based on country and rock and roll. It's another effective piece and a different angle to the sound of the group.
Remember You Are Mine
We're back into mellower zones with a slower moving, evocative piece of music. This has plenty of folk music along with country in the mix. It's a mainstream rocker that's very tasty.
Never Change Your Mind
I love the guitar sounds at the core of this number. The piece makes me think of things like Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls in a lot of ways. The number works outward from mellower modes to more rocking and energized ones as it drives forward. The electric guitar fills further down the road bring a different angle to the song. The cut grows out to some powerful rocking sounds before dropping back down to the opening textures to take it to the end.
 
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