Hello Love - The Be Good Tanyas
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  • Summary: This the third album for the Canadian folk trio includes a cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry."
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. What will always make The Be Good Tanyas stand out, in a roots/folk genre replete with superstar solo artists, is that they’re capable of juxtaposing their own songs next to the classics of the genre and tricking listeners into playing name-that-era throughout an entire album.
  2. So here they are, doing again what they've done before: mostly slow and sombre songs, sometimes delivered with a wary hesitancy that can be endearing but is occasionally frustrating.
  3. 80
    Each song feels handmade, having the precise airiness or density it requires. [Jan 2007, p.112]
  4. While the trio hasn't managed to outshine their spectacular debut, Hello Love is a CD filled with cross-generational charm and musical riches.
  5. For the most part, the ladies have chosen not to stray too far from their plainclothes rootsy sound, and while that may disappoint some fans, there's enough quality stuff here to light a fire in every train yard oil drum from Vancouver to Halifax.
  6. Unbearably stark. [Nov 2006, p.136]
  7. Hello Love is certainly the most hinged of their three releases, in that it sounds the cleanest—the most streamlined both instrumentally and lyrically. Too bad what it’s saying is, more often than not, familiar to the point of being trite.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. LarryS
    Nov 17, 2006
    9
    I never participate in music reviews but have not stopped listening to this album. Probably better than either of the previous efforts and "somber" is inaccurate; reflective is a better descriptor. Expand
  2. FrankC
    Jan 9, 2007
    8
    Another great album from the East Vancouver Tanyas.
  3. MattD.
    Nov 17, 2006
    7
    It sounds like they are going through the motions a bit, but that still beats much of what it out there.