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iTunes Music Review - Hello

  • Hello

    • 8 out of 5
    • Poe
    • Reviewed by Bryan Chaffin
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    • Poe rocked my world with "Angry Johnny" (I want to kill you/I want to blow you/Away) and "Trigger Happy Jack" (Trigger Happy Jack/ You're gonna blow/But I'm gonna get off/Before you go), as powerful and clever songs about feminine power as Alanis Morrisette's "You oughta know" was trite and crude in comparison.

      The first half of this album is the best, in my opinion. In addition to the aforementioned two songs, there's the guitar-driven "Cherry," which packs a musical and lyrical punch that I can't get enough of. "Hello," and "That Day" (listen to that over-driven cello!) are also favorites. Poe is one of those rare artists who writes great music, writes great lyrics, sings great melodies, and is able to mix them altogether into a cohesive whole that is even better than the sum of its parts. While her second album, Haunted, is a better testament to that, Hello is still a great album.

      For a special bonus, find a copy of "Hello (remix)." It's action-packed, loud, and rockin'.

      Favorite songs: "Hello," "Cherry," "Angry Johnny," "Trigger Happy Jack," "That Day," "Dolphin," "Fly Away"

     

     

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