After receiving a copy of "HERE", World renouned Global D.J and and Radio Host Lord Litter wrote:
"I'm listening to "HERE" by Hank Harris for the second time now. I received the package this morning... BRILLIANT! a WONDERFULL EXAMPLE OF HOW TO CREATE PLASTIC N'BULLSHIT-FREE
ROOTS SPICED AMERICAN SINGER SONGWRITER MATERIAL WITH LOADS OF INFLUENCES... I really like this very much! AIRPLAY GUARANTEED!"
Independent Songwriter Web Magazine says:
"Eerie vibrationsbecome the catalyst for this foreboding masterpiece of musical suspense. with his earthy and manly crooning, Hank Harris seductively coaxes the listener's ear int a frenzied hyseteria. a deliciously intoxicating piece of work! 5 STARS (September 2001pick of the month) The
Hank Harris combines world influences with a pop sensible groove. The vocals have a upbeat and cheerful tone that come through even on the sad songs. The musicianship is excellent throughout the entire album. Each song utilizes different genres and influences, and makes for a very interesting album. I love the way that the different influences do not keep the music from moving off of it's original path. Everything seems to fit together, and give Hank Harris his own sound and style without being too off the wall or too standard. From world pop to smooth jazz, Hank gives every song his undivided attention. There is a dynamic flow to this album that captivated me. It's not often that I get to hear music of this caliber. This is a very well written album that delivers everything that any music fan could want.
- Michael Allison- THEGLOBALMUSE.COM
Sound Quality: 5 stars
Production: 5 Stars
Musicianship: 4 stars
Originality: 4 stars
Over All: 4 stars
Hank Harris is Here with 12 pop songs of blended
variety. What starts off as a Sting influence quickly
goes on much further, to just about all arenas of pop.
But take a look at one of the best, the beginning ëNew
Religion.í Assorted, winding instruments eventually
fade in to begin a heavy, slow bass snaking, among the
organ and smooth Hank vocal. ëSheís my new religion /
sheís my holy see / she can still the waters / on a
Next up comes the reggae-inspired beat from ëLies of
Love,í a very repetitive island piece that floats on
like a steady breeze. Taking up the simple words of
classic 50s songs, the orchestration and backing
vocals set a calm mood in such a positive setting.
ëEverything I say is true / I will never make you blue
/ Ancient fables, tried and true / These are the lies
ëFlyingí has that handclap beat straight out of ëI Saw
Her Standing There,í and in fact the lite vocal
combined with the grooved backing harmony voices that
pitch out the one word chorus/title are very much
early Beatles in demeanor.
For a complete change, you need only click to the next
track, and enter the lounge department. Both ëNothing
At Allí and ëCry Wolfí could be the flipside of a
Harry Connick Jr. single. A cross between swing and
solo blues, especially on the acoustically Eric
Clapton-like ëCry Wolf.í An edgy bit of donít-care
music that would make Harryís own unplugged session
quite a hop. ëCry wolf, one more time youíre gone /
cry wolf, one more time youíre gone / I was a fool
once baby / wonít be a fool no more.í
No fool, he. Hankís been around, soaking up
miscellaneous styles with such diverse groups as The
Lonesome Prairie Playboys, Red Willow Band, R&B
Supply, The Shades, Sherman & the Waybacks, etc. With
a catalog of over 200 songs, Hankís had a hand in
albums since 1976, and it looks like it could go on
for another 25 years. Always touring, he also finds
time to show off his photography and multimedia art.
Busy? Yeah, but just a slow listen to Here shows that
the man lives only for the music.