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Hartmann - 2007 Home

ARTIST: Hartmann
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Oliver Hartmann - vocals, guitar * Mario Reck - guitars * Armin Donderer - bass * Juergen West - keyboards * Dario Ciccioni - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Coming Home To You * 02 The Suns Still Rising * 03 My Everything To You * 04 Somewhere Someday * 05 Just For You * 06 I Don't Want To Know * 07 Higher Than Me * 08 Why Do I * 09 Millionaire * 10 Crying * 11 Lay All Your Love On Me



Oliver Hartmann is well known to many Glory Daze readers as the former voice of German band At Vance. We have covered his 2005 album 'Out In The Cold', plus his 2009 effort '3'. We have sort of gone a bit arse about face here by reviewing his 2007 album 'Home' in between, but that's because we are backfilling reviews and covering off any gaps. Hartmann fits into this category. Catching up with Oliver's material after his 2005 debut, it's great to know that the promise from that album has been transferred into his later albums. Hartman is not just the voice, he also covers off playing guitars too, so he's a pretty well rounded talent. Given that assessment, Oliver has come up with a mixture of sounds, indicating to me that he is not a one dimensional act. There are a number of styles apparent on this album, so heavy metal fans can appreciate the variety that a former metal vocalist can now deliver.

The Songs
'Coming Home To You' is the leadoff track on this album. It has a modern vibe, I am reminded of Harem Scarem's material mostly. There are some neat modern effects shining through, and the song is a winner. I'm liking the second track too, ' The Sun's Still Rising ' it is quite punchy all-round. It is a pity that the momentum wasn't able to be carried through to the third track which is called ' My Everything Is You', one of a handful of ballads on the album. Don't get me wrong, this is a good track, but in my eyes it needed to be pushed further down the order. 'Somewhere Someday' is the sort of track which Oliver clearly demonstrates the future direction in which he is moving in. It's quite deep sounding plus it has a sweeping orchestral mode to it. 'Just for You' is a fun sounding tune, a good live number I bet.' I Don't Want To Know' is the second ballad, again the symphonic/orchestral aspect is retained as per the previous ballad. I love the cranky sounding rock of 'Higher Than Me', the guitars really do have a 70's feel to them. So too the excellent funk of 'Why Do I', which is also encased in the 70's. 'Millionaire' is a little different, it has a bar band boogie type of sound not unlike Canadians Doug And The Slugs. The album finishes with two slower moments. 'Crying' is a slow somber blues number whereas the closer 'Lay All Your Love On Me' is an acoustic only unplugged sort of tune which winds the album down rather nicely.

In Summary
As mentioned, Oliver has since released the '3' album plus a live CD DVD. He is a pretty busy chap, making appearances on other albums with other artists. Not too dissimilar to follow singers Tony Mills and Jeff Scott Soto as a 'vocal guns for hire'. This is one guy I think we all need to keep an eye on into the future as his quality vocals and songmanship are startlingly good.

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#1 | englandashes on April 18 2010 11:05:53
'I Don't What To Know', one of the my favourite tunes, Oliver (like this release)is also responsible for alot of the guitar on the new Avantasia duo, pretty good for someone once just know as a singer, one talented guy.
#2 | george_the_jack on April 18 2010 13:58:07
Oliver is a hell of a singer! When I fisrt saw his live acoustic DVD release, I couldn't believe my ears!
#3 | gdazegod on June 13 2012 13:06:16
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