Hard Love

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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for indie rock artist Tim Showalter was produced by Nicolas Vernhes.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
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  1. 90
    Moments of personal darkness are threaded throughout Hard Love, but the clarity and strength that Showalter finds when he shrugs off the gloom gives the songs a restless optimism tempered with a belief that the sun will always come up no matter how long your night has been.
  2. Mixmag
    Feb 14, 2017
    80
    Hard Love is easy to adore. [No. 139, p.61]
  3. Uncut
    Feb 10, 2017
    70
    An odd mix, maybe, but a believable one. [Mar 2017, p.31]
  4. Feb 16, 2017
    70
    Showalter and producer Nicolas Vernhes find a nice balance between the rawness of the production and the meatiness of its execution, and allow the classic rock underpinnings that were so prevalent on Heal to continue to rise to the forefront.
  5. 67
    Even though the record is layered in angst, Showalter has an inner fearlessness that has allowed him to take accountability for his actions. While Hard Love isn’t a clear solution for Showalter’s problems, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
  6. 60
    It’s a solipsistic affair: and while his good intentions to smarten up his drug-sozzled, road-weary life may be commendable, they don’t necessarily make “Quit It” any more agreeable.
  7. Q Magazine
    Feb 10, 2017
    40
    Too much of the rest comes dangerously close to ordinariness. [Mar 2017, p.115]

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  1. Feb 17, 2017
    10
    As a long time fan and a follower of this band from the early days of watching him play basements in Wilkes-Barre, PA (remember the Black WolfAs a long time fan and a follower of this band from the early days of watching him play basements in Wilkes-Barre, PA (remember the Black Wolf Lodge of Kingston!), all I have to say is wow. Just wow.

    As Showalter has matured in sound and spirit, his music has evolved from a relatable albeit cliche emotional wax to something of raw intensity. Deeply rooted in classic singer-songwriter rock of days-past, this new sound for Strand of Oaks completes the picture I always saw them striving for.

    Easily their best album to date.
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