I received a great review from Tim Readman. Tim is a prolific Vancouver based singer/songwriter. He also writes for the Edmonton music magazine Penguin Eggs. Thanks so much Tim for the review!
Montreal based singer songwriter Hemant Rao’s latest CD is a collection of original songs that brings to mind a variety of influences. There’s a few shades of David Gray, perhaps a hint of Mark Knopfler and maybe a pinch of Sting (when he was a good Police-man) detectable here. Rao has a lightness of touch that helps the material to skip along and a way with gently catchy hooks that subtly worm their way into your ears. There’s some tasty playing too-notably the man himself on slide guitar, as well as tight ensemble playing from the band. His singing is unforced and pleasantly smooth and floats over the instrumental tracks effortlessly. It’s deceptively simple, attractively sweet and surprisingly deep.