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Trevor Hall | Everything Everytime Everywhere

Album review by John Powell

Trevor Hall | Everything Everytime Everywhere

When Trevor Hall first hit the scene he was a clean-shaven, buzzed-haired kid with a pretty face, a wonderful disposition, and a voice much deeper, richer, and entrancing than it would seem. Several album later, he’s still young, but now seasoned, and with Everything Everytime Everywhere he’s been on the road long enough to have developed a family-vibe with his band, now including Aaron Dugan, the guitarist that helped Matisyahu traverse roots dub and post rock anthems with ease. While Trevor’s lyrics have always retained similar themes, rhymes, and metaphors, he’s always done well integrating catchy melodies with positive vibrations, utilizing the best of reggae and the magic of pop and rock.

On his newest Vanguard release, Trevor is having more fun with the family band aspect. They are some of the best and most underrated musicians touring today. Trevor doesn’t need them. He’s a good guitar player and his voice and lyrics are enough to stun, but having the band is a bonus that may set a new standard. This being said, Trevor takes more calculated risks with genre blending, electric guitar work, and outside instrumentation such as synths and horns- than he ever has before.

Beginning with a half-minute introduction, Trevor whispers a poem underneath what sounds like children on a playground… this is what I’m saying about calculated risks. Such a track would be weird, but he launches into “The Return”. For years Trevor hasn’t had a bad thing to say about anything, but here he seems a bit lost, or strained at least. “I know I have done you wrong,” he sings over a roots acoustic reggae groove. “I’ve been away for way too long.” Female backing vocals and horns make the song resonate, developing musical complexity with Aaron’s lead guitar play filling in the holes.

Trevor goes solo for one song, “Te Amo”, on which he sings pained and lovelorn. “I am only here to listen/tell me everything about you/tell about all the hearts you steal.” His voice shares the conflict of the lyrics, and it’s a heart-wrenching tune, especially when he sings, “I wanna be your shelter and I want you to shelter me.”

While “Fire” breaks both new lyrical and instrumental ground (a blues reggae hybrid), there’s also a weird synth hit that sounds like something’s broken in the speakers. It took several listens to figure out that it’s actually in the mix. The song also features a guest verse by Cherin Anderson, which neither fits the song nor fits Trevor.

The shortest song, “Good Rain” has some of Trevor’s best lyrics in a long time. The organ gives everything a rootsy vibe. “When you love one another only good rain comes down,” he sings. He warns against selfishness. “Loving another is the only thing real,” he adds. It’s conscious, thoughtful, and tight.

But how is that anything new for Trevor, who made his claim on spiritual and moral integrity? it’s not, but that’s more than okay. He keeps it up and still sounds fresh after all this time. “Dr. Seuss” is an example of this, a key track. Rocking, the bass is fun and the chorus, (“Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah”) is easy to learn. “One fish two fish/red fish blue fish,” he sings. I mean, look at the words on paper and he’s not saying much. He’s having lyrical fun and enjoying instrumentation- Aaron’s weird guitar whirling. The song is an energizer. Get up. Dance. Feel good. Trevor’s enjoying the musicality of this sense over lyrics more than ever, and for now it works.

The best song is definitely his hit: “Brand New Day”, a pop crossover, with minor key guitar landing into a smooth vibe. The drums are thunderous. “Wipe the sleep from your eyes,” he sings. “Run free on this land.” Like his previous hit, “Unity”, it zings with a chorus you’ll learn on first listen and salivate upon hearing again. The volume on your stereo won’t go high enough for this anthem. That’s where Trevor has surpassed himself, trading in many long-winded self-reflections for three-minute salutes to sound. This might be his new direction. It might be just something he wanted to try. Who knows and who cares? Trevor Hall has something few artists of any era have, and to this day remains humble and gracious for his gift. That’s always apparent and always appreciated.

Bottom line: Maybe not his best work, but more from Trevor is always good. Two thumbs and many spirits way high.

Comments  

 
0 # Angela 2011-11-01 20:41
Great Review .....I just found his music a few months ago and i can not believe the amount of music he has.
I like his latest album a lot but i can also listen to everything else he has done at the same time ... i think that even if it is a bit different it is all him .... it sounds like him it feels like him....
The band he is touring with is amazing!!! they sound great !!! and yes, he is very gracious for his gift ...and i am really grateful for his gift!
 

 

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