Chicago native Andrew Hen's newest providing "Break it Your self" stays true to the intelligent wit and one-of-a-kind whimsy that followers have come to anticipate from his music.
As a grasp of mixing virtuoso violin enjoying and a signature whistling fashion that's seemless in its personal proper (amongst different pleasant prospers), Hen manages to all the time effortlessly preserve a pop sensibility that warrants repeat enjoying with out turning into too boring. It's no totally different this time round.
On "Desperation Breeds", the album's opener, Hen delicately ruminates on the world's bee scarcity earlier than slowly breaking right into a excessive pitched violin squal that that dips right into a frenzy of his trademark fingering abilities. It nearly actually seems to be to channel the frustration and confusion of the bees themselves.
"Eyeoneye", a monitor that manages to correlate heartbreak and the issues of a tumor referred to as a teratoma is as catchy as something he's executed up to now, if no more so. The driving drive of the melody makes vulnerability seem to be a enjoyable expertise that nobody ought to miss out on. That is particularly clear in direction of the top when he sings / chants "Go forward and defibrillate your self" earlier than the pounding drums construct to a crescendo ... after which fizzle with, after all, a lightweight whistle; as if we simply ran a hardcore marathon prefer it was nothing. Exhaustion doesn't exist right here, however exultation.
The hearbreak theme continues in "Close to Demise Expertise Expertise", the place the happiness of surviving a airplane crash is dancing "... like most cancers survivors ... grateful merely to be alive". However don't let the darkish material idiot you. The cautious temper of the music is so blissful it's like skipping down a sidewalk underneath a row of apple timber. Solely when the apples hit your head do you notice the facility conveyed within the lyrics of conquer ache.
Who knew the topic of conquering worry and doubt may very well be so purely beautiful? Take "Deadly Shore", the place a mellow Mr. Hen mediates on the topic as quietly subdued as ever, however no much less emotionally highly effective as a few of his greatest tracks. The drums gently faucet together with the guitar and bass like a delicate stroke on an aching again as Hen and vocalist Nora O'Connor harmonize fantastically whereas repeating such lyrics as "You by no means know any doubt like we who break out and in".
A welcome comeback since 2009's "Noble Beast", we get a document not fairly as instantly accessible or endlessly playful, however one that also stands as sturdy as most of his greatest work does. The main points change into extra evident with every hear, and that's when the conclusion units in: "Break it Your self" isn't just an album a couple of break-up. It's truly a whole, beeing entity, not too in contrast to a coronary heart with its personal love to offer.
I personally wouldn't wish to break this sort of coronary heart on my own. That's the place you, the listener, is available in ... to really feel the enjoyment of heartbreak. An oxymoron that solely is sensible in Andrew Hen's world.