‘Reflections’ is the first album release from Harper n Hubble music (HnH). HnH music is made up of Paul Harper and Andy Hubble who are two friends that got together to combine their musical ideas.
Paul has previously worked for other musicians and vocalists and has seen his songs released by these artists, and Andy has produced several albums for Relax Listen.
Backing vocals are provided by Sharon Vennall who as well as being an experienced vocalist with Jazz bands, is writing her first book.
This is my review of the album ‘Reflections’:
The album mainly has a theme of couple relationships, sometimes loving and sometimes not! Here are my own personal recommendations::
Track 3-Reflections: If the tune feels familiar, that’s because it’s from the Relax Listen album “Through a Looking Glass”, which I have previously reviewed. This time though, it contains intelligent vocals reflecting on life on what we’ve done and what’s to become. It is slightly reminiscent of the bands James and Simple Minds in places.
Track 4-History: This track breaks up the couple relationships theme of the album and steers it in a different direction. It is about a man and his thoughts just before he commences battle and this is very much reflected in both the lyrics and the music and sound effects used.
Track 6-Set on you: I like the raw, almost discordant vocals on this, they work really well as a story is told of a man who tells a woman that he wants a relationship with her. There is an air of excitement and intrigue about this song.
Track 9-Summer of ‘76: I really enjoy songs that tell as story, particularly a true story. This track does exactly that. It is about being a teenager and a member of a band back in the long hot summer of 1976. (Incidentally, both Paul and Andy were gigging that year, just not in the same band.)
Track 11-Lie to You: I cannot speak highly enough of this track, it is definitely my favourite song on the album and I can imagine it having a mass appeal to a wide ranging audience.
Vocally, Paul reminds me of Ray Davies of the Kinks in places, as well as Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze. The backing vocals provided by Sharon Vennall more than enhance the mood of this song.
As well as my own personal favourites, I would particularly recommend Track 7, ‘Cos you’re the one’ and Track 10, ‘Where’s all the love gone’ to Beatles/Paul McCartney fans. Paul’s voice is somewhat similar to Paul McCartney’s, particularly on these tracks.
This is a relaxing album which fulfills its goal of capturing the imagination. I would particularly recommend it to fans of the Beatles and Squeeze.
The next album from HnH music is planned for release Spring/Summer 2017.
The Reflections album is now available on iTunes and Spotify. For further information including lyrics to the songs on ‘Reflections’, check out their website here: http://www.hnhmusic.com/music.html