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CD REVIEW: Jason Hanley – “Sound Proof”
By Stacey Board - 02/22/2004 - 05:22 PM EST

Artist: Jason Hanley
Album: “Sound Proof”
CD Review: This is the music that Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is supposed to still be making. This is gritty, sweaty, sincere, honest, messy folk/rock. Think early GOOD led Zeppelin. The CD consists of 18(!) tracks that have been recorded over the past four years. Hanley has taken his time to layer and simmer the tracks to just the right flavor.

Hanley is the centerpiece here but in many of the songs he is surrounded by various talented players and singers. Hanley is a fine guitar player and there is plenty of acoustic guitar on the songs. But there are also liberal amounts of electric guitar, keyboards and wailing harmonica. Hanley’s voice is fine and full of emotion. He obviously is writing about topics he feels passionate about.

Sound Proof is obviously a labor of love and integrity. Fans of jam-based rock and issue-laden lyrics are going to love this CD.

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