CD Review: The Hillary Reynolds Band “The Miles Before Us”

Posted: July 1, 2014 in Music
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When listening to Hillary Reynolds, it’s her voice that first draws you in. The beautiful quality in that voice lends itself well to the music that she is creating. While Hillary’s voice sounds as if she would be a perfect fit to create folk music, she ends up writing music that features a lot more variety to it than just plain folk music. It is because of that variety in her style that she qualifies herself as being Americana.
To help bring her music to life, Hillary Reynolds calls upon four other musicians that help to shape her music. Along with Reynolds on piano and vocals, the rest of the group that has come to be called the Hillary Reynolds Band consists of: Trevor Jarvis: Cello/Backup Vocals, Connor Reese: Guitar/Backup Vocals, Jeff Hale: Drums/Percussion/Ukulele and Chris Mewhinney: Bass. Together, the Hillary Reynolds Band just created a new release called The Miles Before Us.
The Miles Before Us by The Hillary Reynolds Band begins with the track “Took Me a While”. Right from the beginning of the song, you get an idea of how strong Hillary Reynolds writing is as the track has crossover appeal to it that would fit in on both folk-based radio formats and Top 40 ones, as well. While there is a lot of folk-rock flavor to the music of the track, there I also some international flavor to it with the inclusion of the cello. The track helps kick off the new release from The Hillary Reynolds Band on a strong note.
“Pretending I’m In Love” begins with a feeling that might remind you of something from Jack Johnson before the track builds a lot more energy to produce a sound that will remind some of a much more upbeat Norah Jones song. And with Reynolds’ vocals sounding very similar to those of Jones’, the two different feelings of Johnson and Jones seem to work well together as they create a song that continues to build throughout the track three and a half minutes. The track is so strong that it could be a single.
The new release from The Hillary Reynolds Band contains many tracks that will touch in you some way. One of the most emotional tracks on the release is the song “Honey, Come Home”. The song contains lyrics about a woman who waits for her love to return. The emotionally beautiful lyrics are matched well with music that brings to mind that of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. The mandolin from Reynolds and the cello from Travis Jarvis help to shape the music of the track before the rest of the band joins in. The male vocals on the track also add a lot of flavor to the song as they give the track a slight duet feeling.
While the first several tracks on The Miles Before Us by The Hillary Reynolds Band have a really laid-back feeling to them, the band adds a little energy to the music of the song “Can’t Let You Go”. Even though it takes a little time to get into as the song slowly builds, the track contains perhaps the most rock and roll flavor to the music. The drums on the track are a lot stronger than on any other track up to that point. The electric guitar on the track is a slight surprise after having listened to the band as they have created music with an easy folk energy to it. If there was one track that could be added to Top 40 radio playlists, it would be “Can’t Let You Go”.
One of the tracks on the album of that finds the band creating a track with a plain folk music feel to it is the song “Crossing the Line”. The acoustic guitar, mandolin, standup bass, and brushes bring to mind the simple feeling usually associated with folk music. The track ends up being one of the songs from the release that will stay with you.
The Miles Before Us contains a total of fourteen tracks. Whether you are a fan of straight folk music or like to find the kind of artists who add more elements to their music, you will find more to enjoy on this new release from The Hillary Reynolds Band.

 

Reviewer: Matheson Kamin
Rating: **** (four stars)

To check out the video to the song “Honey, Come Home,” click the link.

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Comments
  1. Thom Hickey says:

    Thanks Mathewson. You’ve persuaded me to check this out! Regards from Thom at the immortal,jukebox (drop a nickel).

  2. Thanks so much, Matheson! This is a flattering review of the album – cheers!

  3. […] 7 Hillary Reynolds Band The Miles Before Us When listening to Hillary Reynolds, it’s her voice that first draws you in. The beautiful quality in that voice lends itself well to the music that she is creating. While Hillary’s voice sounds as if she would be a perfect fit to create folk music, she ends up writing music that features a lot more variety to it than just plain folk music. It is because of that variety in her style that she qualifies herself as being Americana. The Miles Before Us contains a total of fourteen tracks. Whether you are a fan of straight folk music or like to find the kind of artists who add more elements to their music, you will find more to enjoy on this new release from The Hillary Reynolds Band. Read the entire review: https://matheson12.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/cd-review-the-hillary-reynolds-band-the-miles-before-us/ […]

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