Hello Love - The Be Good Tanyas

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic 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. 80
    Each song feels handmade, having the precise airiness or density it requires. [Jan 2007, p.112]
  3. 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.
  4. Although they recognize their strengths and know that their formula works, they are also smart enough to explore new territory.
  5. 70
    The harmonies are undeniably pretty. [Nov 2006, p.120]
  6. 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.
  7. While the trio hasn't managed to outshine their spectacular debut, Hello Love is a CD filled with cross-generational charm and musical riches.
  8. Unbearably stark. [Nov 2006, p.136]
  9. While their talent keeps Hello Love engaging... the album is nonetheless The Be Good Tanyas at their most laid-back.
  10. The trio have also grown more comfortable singing the blues and incorporating meatier harmonica and guitar arrangements, and lurching tracks like Out Of The Wilderness and A Little Blues make up for weaker soft rock ballads that leave little impression.
  11. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. FrankC
    Jan 9, 2007
    Another great album from the East Vancouver Tanyas.
  2. MattD.
    Nov 17, 2006
    It sounds like they are going through the motions a bit, but that still beats much of what it out there.
  3. LarryS
    Nov 17, 2006
    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. Full Review »