CD REVIEW: Catch Her If You Can by Hannah Belle

Country artist Hannah Belle’s new EP – Catch Her If You Can, is her third release after two previous full-length albums, both of which are up to the same standard as the six songs on her latest offering which comes highly recommended for keeping up with her past works. Hannah’s progress has been steady. She has polished her skills, performing at fairs and festivals in Mississippi and surrounding states, while sharing the stage with the likes of Sawyer Brown, Diamond Rio, Bucky Covington, T Graham Brown, Jo’elSonnier, Shenandoah, Joe Diffie, and Josh Thompson, just to name a few.This is her stomping ground. And that’s why it kicks off with the fun-loving sounds of “Stomping Ground” itself. This opener rocks it up with some great banjo and an awesome chorus. But the guitars win me over as much as anything else. They have a blistering effect as they soar over the arrangement. And the music in general is first rate. It’s a classic country rocker with all the bells and whistles. Her sassy spot-on vocals top off the whole track. There is a lot of moxie to this, as a crossover track with muscular chops. It keeps up with the best around in country and rock music today.

“UnSouthern” is a lot more straight-forward classic country music, with maybe a little country-pop going for it. But traditionally it is a good tune with a less modern style to it. The vocals are more Patsy Cline style than the previous track, which just go to show the diversity on display. I like it though, because it contains elements of both varieties. And then there is “Forgive” with its exquisite ballad offering. This is where it gets undeniably awesome and if you haven’t heard Hannah before, you’ll likely be drawn in by her voice by now, which is a thing of beauty. And she nails it with everything she’s got. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear up to this point and glad to say beyond it until the end of this EP. It comes close to almost being more like and album because the songwriting, playing and singing are so good. “Raised” is another great track that pretty much explains the values within as well. Standing up for what is right, Hannah brings a lot to the table with every plate she lays down on it. This has a down home feel to it, with an essence of her gospel roots. You feel what she’s singing, and it just doesn’t stop. It comes on strong and hangs in with every track because it delivers in every department.

“I Can’t Make You Happy” is another fine track that shows there is no filler to be found on the disc, as it showcases her vocals that manage to make it all over the place here. If anything, this sounds more like easy listening than country, rock or pop. It’s radio-friendly no matter how you slice it. “Catch Her If You Can” takes it out, with the title track surprisingly saved for the last. But safe to say it’s not the least. Sometimes that is the case, sometimes not. But with Hannah Belle it’s good to report that all is in great shape, from her two albums right up to this hot EP, which could’ve only used a brighter sound to help it.


by Larry Toering

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