Days to Recall

Days to Recall

by Justin HinesJustin Hines
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Overview

On his U.S. debut, Canadian singer/songwriter Justin Hines has created a pastiche of folk-pop styles that incorporates, at various points, orchestral strings, a sort of lite-reggae groove, solo voice with guitar, and jangly guitar rock. The thread that gently binds these disparate elements together is Hines' sweet and sometimes rather androgynous voice, and his deceptively effortless-sounding way with a melodic hook. The album's first single, "Tell Me I'm Wrong," is an attractively gauzy piece of atmospheric folk-rock with strings and a banjo, while the title track's arrangement puts voice and piano at the center and surrounds them with subdued organ and gospel-flavored backing vocals. "Nothing Better Than Today" offers pitch-perfect guitar pop that evokes a less frantic Aztec Camera, while "Somewhere in the Middle" casually appropriates a reggae feel and almost gets away with it, but then falls flat with a half-hearted rap interlude in the middle. At several points in the program, Hines retreats from the more lavishly arranged material and delivers spare and subdued voice-plus-single-instrument performances, and these are invariably nice, but he really blossoms when his arrangements do, too. Overall, this is a very impressive effort from an exceptional young talent.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2011
Label: Decca U.S.
UPC: 0628735000708
catalogNumber: 001579602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Hines   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lenny Solomon   Violin
Drew Birston   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Steve Lindsey   Organ
Val McCallum   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Colina Phillips   Background Vocals
Jackie Richardson   Background Vocals
Kevin Fox   Cello
Dave Way   Bass
Doug Johnson   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bryden Baird   Trumpet
Justin Abedin   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
William Carn   Trombone
Chris Gale   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Davide Direnzo   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine
Kathryn Sugden   Violin
Roger Travassos   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Drew Jurecka   Violin
Marc Rogers   Bass
Joel Parisien   Background Vocals
Jill Hennessy   Background Vocals
Yosef Tamir   Viola
Jorn Juul Andersen   Drums,Tambourine,Shaker
Bethany Bergman   Violin
Sierra Noble   Vocals
Karen Moffatt   Viola
Kevin Adamson   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Betty Richardson   Background Vocals
Rachel Pomedli   Cello
Andrew Chung   Violin
Allegro Acapella Group   Vocals
Adrian Anatawan   Violin
Siyaya/Services Seta Learner Choir   Vocals
Praise Lam   Violin
Lydai Munchinsky   Cello
Lance Oullette   Violin
Keynote Acapella Group   Vocals

Technical Credits

Maestro Fresh-Wes   Composer
Jeremy Darby   Engineer
Jim McGrath   String Arrangements
Aubrey Winfield   Executive Producer
Anthony Gallo   Engineer
Dave Way   Programming,Producer
Justin Abedin   Producer,Engineer
Garnet Armstrong   Artwork
Jason "Metal" Donkersgoed   Engineer
Justin Hines   Composer
Kai Koschmider   Engineer
D. Doyle   Composer
Bronwen Nel   Arranger,Programming

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Days to Recall 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never loved an album as much. Say What You Will is heartbreakingly beautiful.