When it comes to good Americana music it really doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from but how well you can play. On her new album British singer songwriter Hannah White has assembled a fantastic Anglo-Norwegian band and together they have captured the spirit of the genre.
Starting with Never Get Along sets the tone, a bittersweet love song which oozes beauty. The pedal steel echoes her lovely vocals and that immediate warm sound is created. On Start Again she lets her sweet voice take centre stage, a lament about trying to move on from the past and going forward with hope.
City Beats takes the tempo up with fun results, the band really letting loose. Another uplifting floor filler is Gotta Work Harder, a reminder of just how great it is to hear a fantastic band enjoy themselves together. Music like this lives on the stage, which is why right now is so tough for the industry.
Pay Me a Compliment is a tender ballad of vulnerability, again using the pedal steel to perfect effect. Here she echoes the classic country sound, with a soulful touch too. When You’re Not Around has a similar feel and these are two my favourite songs on the record.
The personal ballad My Father, is a touching tribute to her dad. The Darkness has more of a western vibe and this style works really well for the band. Final song Man Without Men is a an introspective ballad but leaves us with an uplifting and optimistic message.
So if you love to hear pedal steel and that rich Americana sound then give this lovely album from Hannah White and the Nordic Connections a spin.