Rebecca Hall | Sunday Afternoon

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Sunday Afternoon

by Rebecca Hall

Deceptively simple retro-folk and country songs that get under your skin. Fine storytelling and subtle, elegant arrangements.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Come Around
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2. Sculptor's Song
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3. Lessons
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4. Rosemary Lane
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5. Ballad of Willie
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6. Going North
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7. Thanks Just the Same
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8. Sunday Afternoon
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9. O Lord
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10. California
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11. The False Bride
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12. Every Day
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Superb songwriting craft."
Sing Out! Magazine

A relative newcomer to the music scene, Rebecca Hall has managed in only a few years to develop a reputation for concise, classic songwriting. Her compositions echo the folk tradition, but deal with everyday concerns that are timeless. Writes Daniel Gewertz of the Boston Herald, "Rebecca Hall is a true rarity: a new folk classicist." Rebecca's first album--"Sings!"--is a collection of mostly original compositions as well as a few traditional songs. The album started out as a demo made on a home 4-track recorder. Rebecca sold it at shows and handed it out to friends, never really thinking of it as a finished product. Much to her surprise, the record proved to be immediately popular and she soon gained many fans, including Roger McGuinn, Laura Cantrell and BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris, simply by word of mouth. Reviewers noted unanimously that Rebecca's compositions stood up next to the time-tested songs she had chosen from the public domain, and that her music seemed to evoke a bygone era: "Rebecca Hall's songs are uncannily like the timeless traditional songs that inspire her. Indeed, Hall's debut brings to mind recordings of the late-'50's and early '60s, with its spare, heart-felt simplicity."-Sing Out! magazine, Winter 2003

Beautifully produced and orchestrated by Ken Anderson, "Sunday Afternoon," Rebecca's second album, maintains these core influences while coming to life with a rich, full sound. Some songs are couched in lush strings, reminiscent of Nick Drake or the Left Banke; others are spare and almost hymnal in tone, similar to songs by Iris Dement or Gillian Welch. Sarah Meador of Rambles magazine writes: "Few artists ever create songs that might reasonably survive beyond their own memory. Not a track on 'Sunday Afternoon' couldn't survive on its own."

"Sunday Afternoon" was embellished with the help of many local New York City musicians, and the completed album was sent to nationwide AAA, NPR and college radio stations, which responded enthusiastically. Sunday Afternoon soon appeared on numerous playlists, even reaching the top 5 on Boston's WUMB within weeks of release. Rebecca is currently touring to promote this release.


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moe ross

I love this album....
I wake up to this album now, every morning,
It is soothing, alive, and carries a resonalte
vibe of love ... thank you.

Scott Howard

Lush sounds from Rebecca Hall
The review of this CD in No Depression, March-April 2003, is what led me to Rebecca Hall, in the first place. This CD is a lusher version of Rebecca Hall Sings!, Rebecca's first CD. Sunday Afternoon reminds me of Nick Drake with it's gentle strings quietly punctuating Rebecca's lovely voice, but it's more polished production does result in a loss of the intimacy of her debut. Personally, I hope Rebecca doesn't continue to pursue such a direction much farther than she does on this CD. Her wonderful story-telling deserves to not be overcome by too many trappings, and God forbid her voice should get buried in the mix because ... oh, what a voice!

David Olney


There's not an ounce of fat on a Rebecca Hall song. Rebecca's songs are straightforward without being simplistic. They have depth and maturity without pretentiousness. They have an innocent quality that is without any of the usual moralistic posing. In her songwriting and in her performance of those songs, Rebecca maintains a perfect balance of art and artlessness.

Barry Mazor


New York neo-folk ballad singer and writer Rebecca Hall has been winning compliments from fellow musicians Laura
Cantrell and even Roger McGuinn for her updated take on mid-to-late 1960s pop/folk sounds. Sunday Afternoon, her
second album, recalls in style the acoustic guitar and string arrangements heard first on Judy Collins' In My Life, then on lusher turns from Leonard Cohen, and on Brit folk-rock productions from Joe Boyd."
No Depression, March-April 2003

Benny Metten


Just have a listen to "Thanks Just The Same!" Should be evidence enough to convince you of the fact that Rebecca Hall is a major, major talent!

Ed Goodstein

Great folk
Rebecca Hall has a beautiful voice & affecting manner. Her own songs are deceptively simple, but highly emotional &
committed too. She reminds me a great deal of now largely
forgotten folk singer Bonnie Dobson, & her covers of traditional songs recall Pentangle-- if in more straightforward arrangements. Like her label mate, Erica Smith, RH is a fine 'new' voice of neofolk & the gentler
side of 'alternative country' akin to Laura Cantrell. This album has a bit more pop sheen than her first-- but in the
league of Eva Cassidy-- better in some ways! A great discovery!

datdiehl


This CD is very wonderful, but I miss Rachael Birkin from Rebecca Hall Sings.

Linda

Rebecca's voice is so beautiful!
Thanks CD Baby for sending our order of the Sunday Afternoon
CD so quickly.
My husband and I first heard Rebecca and Ken at a concert in Cicero, NY. We love folk music and Rebecca's voice is so beautiful! The song Come Around on the Sunday Afternoon CD, is my personal favorite. We enjoy listening to Sunday Afternoon and Rebecca Hall Sings and look forward to their next CD.

Sarah Meador

Rebecca Hall is making a place for herself among the greats of folk tradition.
There's always a tinge of uncertainty when a great traditional performer begins to develop on her own work. In the case of Rebecca Hall's Sunday Afternoon, that uncertainty vanishes in the bright perceptions of the opening "Come Around," to be replaced with a new doubt. It's hard to believe these are modern songs; it seems more plausible that they are traditional classics that have somehow never been heard before. . . .Few artists ever create songs that might reasonably survive beyond their own memory. Not a track on Sunday Afternoon couldn't survive on its own, as a heartfelt ballad or wistful lullaby. They'll live beautifully in your heart.

datdiehl


Wonderful. Bob Packwood is great on piano. I bought three more copies to use as gifts.
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