Kurt Hagardorn - Ten Singles Review
by Patrick Muldowney
If no other artist in the history of music sounds like The Beatles (other than The Beatles) it would not be too soon. In fact, maybe instruments should be confiscated once the line is crossed. I know Beatles' enthusiasts are saying that everything sounds like them because they wrote The New Testament of Rock, but there is a difference between evolution and emulation. Kurt Hagardorn's Ten Singles is a perfect example of why covering the Lennon/McCartney/Harrison sound is tired. The one saving grace is that Hagardorn does not confine himself to one style.
"Yesterday and Tomorrow" is the best track on Ten Singles. Roger Miller would love it. Perfect for dusty hardwood floors and a chicken-wired stage, The Blues Brothers would have held off the restless country folk three more minutes if they'd had this to compliment "Rawhide". "Leanne" actually sounds like a track off a Merge sampler. Somewhere buried under the propensity toward mating with dinosaurs, Hagardorn is hiding an Indie Rocker equipped with power chords, distortion, and an in-your-face rhythm.
Kurt Hagardorn has exactly what he claims: Ten Singles. For this reason, the disc listens like a "Best of..." for someone you've never heard of. As is, Hagardorn does not necessarily claim an identity, but some of these singles in the context of a consistent frame would be noteworthy. It would also be helpful if the chosen identity understood that nothing new can be added to The Beatles' sound. A coworker once responded perfectly to my comment about many artists sounding like The Beatles. He simply said, "Nobody sounds like The Beatles."
Tracks added to iPod: Yesterday and Tomorrow, You Never Know, Leanne
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