What is it about Folk music that, just like Rock music, in the good hands it always finds the way to be so eclectic and touching? While many genres are pretty much one note, there are others like Folk and Roots music overall that are filled with this countless layers, one over the other and that even though it has its own identity -as in you can recognize what you are listening to-, it can easily evolve and become all this different beasts. Perhaps its the instrument? Perhaps the music itself? Either way, from a few years now I’ve been drawn into this exciting genre.
Hearts In Need of Repair is another one looking to catch my attention and hold a place in my heart. Immediately Sarah Morris delicate, angelical vocals fill the entire room. Music is hidden in the background, as a simply elements that adds more up to the real instrument that it’s Morris voice. The album dives in between the realm of Country and Folk music, sometimes they come up together or they play differently in a separate track. The album is build up in the vulnerability of Morris’ heart, so there’s not too much of any explosive or loud sounds, everything is kept in very restrain. This works great for a genre that basically base its whole structure on the tales told by the singer-songwriter and in that aspect, the album also success. There’s an honesty and witty to Sarah’s stories. They don’t feel any fabricated, but rather they come from the heart.
Again, this is almost a flawless record. The only thing that I did notice as the album progressed was the fact that this is a very niche record. Fans of Country music will be delighted and find a new shinning star to adore, but those who aren’t as purist, might enjoy it but don’t deep in the love as the others. This is as Country as it gets, and while there’s too much to love, the great consistency in the melodies and about everything might turned off a few listeners.
Criteria - 80%
In the end, Hearts In Need of Repair is an album to reckon with, filled with amazing vocals that draw you from the beginning but the lack of new and fresh melodies or harmonies may loose more than one listener. I really hope moving, Morris does get to dive into different spectrums and test herself a bit more.