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Matt Hannah: Let The Lonely Fade

Let The Lonely Fade

(Matt Hannah)
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Grade:
B
Format: 
LP
Tracks: 
10
Matt Hannah is the latest singer/songwriter to roll of the folk singer assembly line with country swerves and blue collar narrations on life. Armed with an acoustic guitar Hannah does what all folk singers do, take their life experiences, no matter how well traveled these experiences may be, and re-delivers them as could only have been seen through an individuals eyes, but also allows enough translation to offer mass appeal. 
 
Hannah has all of the usual earmarks on the genre; A mixture of folk and country flavor, an emotional gamut to execute a diverse up and down aesthetic dealing with both the good and bad experiences he has to offer, and a good grasp on instrumentation. 
 
Unfortunately I felt like Hannah was playing it safe. Vocals leave a bit to be desired, but as a guy who grew up with the likes of Robert Smith, Anthony Kiedis, and Henry Rollins. Vocals are important, but if the message being delivered is larger then life and massively accessible it doesn’t matter much. Still, even though Hannah’s lyrical front is fantastically vivid, I wouldn’t say he doesn’t have room for growth. 
 
I’m not sure if the mix on the album was off, but the higher registering notes Hannah plays on his guitar are sometimes grating. Again, I wouldn’t say that it’s a deal breaker, but some with more sensitive hearing might find these instances on the album jarring. 
 
Overall I enjoyed the album. All comparisons aside (trust me everywhere you go to read about Let The Lonely Fade you’ll find them) Matt Hannah has the sound, the lyrical know how, and even with any perceivable quirks he manages to fit himself almost within arms reach of the more familiar names in the business. Definitely a name to look for in the folk genre, especially if that’s your forte. Enjoy. 
AJ Garcia
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