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Hannah Ayrault

Me Right Now

Review by Gary Hill

This is a pop styled album. It’s modern in texture, but still has a bit of a classic texture. It’s effective, if not entirely consistent. The one thing I’d say is, it might work better if the first two songs had been placed differently. They tend to have more energy than some of the later stuff. That would have worked to create a more diverse flow to the set. Still, it works well as is.

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Track by Track Review
Me Right Now

Starting on keyboards, this cut turns to a great modern pop styled song. The vocals are a little on the understated side, but they work well. The music is well balanced between mellower stuff and the more energized end of the spectrum.

This begins with some acoustic guitar, but there is some odd processing on it that feels both alien and rather disrupting. It grows out from there into an energized modern pop song that’s quite effective. This doesn’t have the mellower level of the opener, but does alternate between energized and less so segments. The chorus is particularly strong on this.
A mellow ballad, this is based on acoustic guitar. There are strings and other elements lending some magic. It does get a bit more power and “oomph” as it continues, but this remains more sedate than the two openers.
New York I Love You

Here’s another mellower one. I think I like this song better than all the rest. It has a great musical backdrop, and the vocal performance is just so tasty. It’s an evocative piece of music for sure.

So Close So Far
This is an effective and rather pretty pop song. It’s mostly a ballad, too. I love the strings and the vocal arrangement. This is one of the strongest pieces here, too.



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