On Disc: Arbra Hill

Album: Evolution of Note

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Evolution of Note by Arbra Hill

Arbra Hill
Evolution of Note

2.5 stars

Arbra Hill’s style teeters oddly between a rockabilly sound that’s inspired by walking bass lines and light adult contemporary pop.

While Arbra Hill’s softer tracks remain fairly unimaginative and somewhat cliché, its upbeat tunes inspire finger snapping, toe tapping, and a serious desire to break into swing dance.

Accordingly, tracks like “Give Me Some Love (Right Now)” and “Zachary” would make the perfect soundtrack for funny Volkswagen commercials.

The unrestricted experimentation on tracks such as “Before You Run” and “Crazy” combined with the poor promotional photography make it clear this is a self-funded debut release.

However, these reasons alone should not discount the fact Arbra Hill has genuine potential. Its success, of course, will depend on which genre it eventually chooses to settle into, and whether it can be consistent with its songwriting and sound.

It will be interesting to see how Arbra Hill’s music evolves, especially since the release of Evolution of Note, it lost one of its primary songwriters, and replaced him with three members to pick up the slack.

Transitioning from a three-piece to a richer five-piece band may be Arbra Hill’s ticket to success. Already encountering a great deal of acclaim since their debut release, time will only tell what the future holds for this band.

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