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Trevor Hall

Everything Everytime Everywhere

Review by Gary Hill

On Trevor Hall’s second disc he explores various musical styles from reggae to world music, R & B and pop rock. The disc is really quite an entertaining and powerful one. While some material works better than others, “The Love Wouldn't Die” is worth the price of admission by itself.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2011  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Introduction

This is just a bit of audio weirdness to start the set off.

The Return
Here we get a slow moving, but very tasty reggae jam. There’s some jazz and classic rock built into this arrangement, but overall it’s more reggae than anything else.
Brand New Day
A pounding, harder rocking number, while the reggae is still here, it’s mostly just in the vocal performance. The chorus has a modern pop element to it.
Fire (Featuring Cherine Anderson)
There’s a raw roots rock meets reggae approach to this cut. It’s a lot more authentic sounding than some of the other music here. Cherine Anderson provides a reggae rap. This rocks out a lot harder than a lot of the other music here.
All I Ever Know
I really like this tune. It’s got a mellow modern rock meets R & B groove. Of course, the reggae is still up front and center. It’s really a cool tune with a lot of charm and style. There are some cool female vocals that take it to a bit of spoken “found sound” type section that closes it.
Different Hunger
A bouncy reggae piece, this really strips the reggae to its most authentic, old school approach. It feels like it might have come out in the early 1970s. It’s tasty.
Dr. Seuss
Starting with a child singing some world music, this works out to a real urban sort of jam. It’s got a modern R & B texture with a lot of rapping going on. There’s not a lot of reggae here.
Te Amo
Here’s a mellow ballad that’s got some definite reggae in it. A spoken section ends this. 
Good Rain
A bouncy reggae number, this is cool. The arrangement is quite organic and catchy.
The Love Wouldn't Die
This has a real modern rock texture to it. Sure, there’s still some reggae on the verses, but the killer rock sounds work really well and bring some variety to the table. When it powers out later to a more impassioned jam, it’s just plain awesome. This is, without question, the best track on show. In fact, I’d say that by itself, this is worth the price of admission.
The Mountain
Starting with world music singing, this turns out to an alternative rock meets blues and reggae jam. It’s very open in production and powerful. It works through quite a bit of territory and feels pretty interesting a lot of the time.
Hidden Track
After several minutes of sitar opens this cut. We get a slow moving world music performance that’s well rooted in East Indian sounds. It’s obvious why this is a bonus track because it just drones on an on. It’s not bad at first, but should be cut a lot shorter.
 
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