Hannah’s Field – Warriors of Love

Band: Hannah’s Field
Album: Warriors of Lover
Genre: Rock?
Label: Rastafairy

1. Angel Land
2. Puff Puff Give
3. Darius
4. Rosie Rise
5. Zen Mind
6. Weed and Meditation
7. I Belong
8. Warriors of Love
9. Boss Man
10. Work Song
11. Remember My Life
12. Lost Children
13. Praise

Hanna’s Field is a modern-hippie-rasta-folk group lead by the psychedelic woman, Hannah. The group’s sound combines modern and classic folk elements with reggae-inspired hand percussion and beats. Drawing inspiration from the late 1960’s psychedelic music scene, and singers such as Janis Joplin and Grace Slick, Hannah’s Field looks to regenerate the lost music style for a new generation of listeners.

Well, there is nothing worse than listening to the sound of someone complaining for an hour, but if you get Hannah Field’s new CD you can listen to Hannah’s rants anytime you please (or you could stab yourself in the stomach with a shank), on tracks like “Angel Land.” The album is almost completely void of dynamics, which makes the singers powerful voice quickly turn into a jackhammer on the listener’s eardrums. However, the instrumental breaks in songs such as “Weed and Meditation,” (really? Your really want that to be the name of your song? I took down the Tommy Chong poster when I was 14, but whatever works for you) are stunning.

Did Spike Jones get writing credits on this album? Unfortunately, the ridiculous vocals on “Work Song,” make it the most interesting of the songs on the album. It’s got an interesting 1940’s joke-folk vibe, which is reminiscent of a certain song about farting on the WWII leader of Nazi Germany. If the rest of the album has you scratching of the outer layers of your skin, you might want to jump ahead to “Work Song” and then put on a different album.

In classic folk tradition, the songs are simple, repetitive, and often tell a story or carry a message. Songs such “I belong,” and “Weed and Meditation,” repeat the title phrase in mantra-like fashion that might make the songs great live tracks. However, the song writing seems like last-gasp attempts at social-concern supported by “hippie” clichés, and references to George Harrison (yeah, great, George, the second least talented of all the Beatles). If you happen to be at Woodstock (or god forbid, Woodstock ’94), Hannah’s Field might be a terrific listening. If you’ve got a love for rasta-folk, this is also a fairly decent disc. If you love, great music, you can live without this album.
*Written By: Matt Bullock*
GRADE: 3/10

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