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  • Audio CD (Sept. 5 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B000H7JD3Q
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,043 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. We'll Meet Along The Way
2. He Came To Meet Me
3. Not California
4. Funnel Cloud
5. Too Late To Turn Back Now
6. The Pills Stopped Working
7. Hotel Fire
8. Great Houses Of New York
9. Curtains
10. Old Adam
11. The Burnt-Over District
12. Reservoir
13. I'll Dream Of You Tonight
14. Almost Home

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The good news is that Hem's newest album, Funnel Cloud, won't alienate any fans who expect more of the same intimate beauty. But, to the band's credit, a few changes do appear for the better, most notably Ellyson's voice, which sounds more passionate and mature, especially on the opener We'll Meet Along The Way and the country-flavored Too Late To Turn Back Now and The Pills Stopped Working. Chief songwriter Dan Mess‚ also holds his strong form with the creation of classic Hem tunes like "Great Houses of New York and the title track. If nothing else, Funnel Cloud serves as the perfect soundtrack for a cool, lazy Sunday morning, one that you'll have no problem enjoying over and over again.


It might sound like a backhanded compliment to say Hem makes lite-rock with a country twist. But before you conjure up images of Phil Collins with a cowboy hat, let's clarify by saying the New York band essentially picks up where the Cowboy Junkies left off--crafting intimate southern songs that unfold with quiet dignity over a bed of strings, pedal-steel guitars and restrained piano flourishes. That's more like it. Besides, in Sally Ellyson, the group has a singer whose clear, sweet voice can't help but make even the most overcast song sound oddly beautiful. If only "I'll Dream Of You Tonight" and "Too Late To Turn Back Now" could be the soundtrack to every waiting room people would actually look forward to that next root canal. --Aidin Vaziri

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1d4c06c) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cddb1c) out of 5 stars Maybe Hem's best yet -- and that's saying something Sept. 16 2006
By Christopher Condon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Hem's last full album of new songs, Eveningland, was hauntingly beautful but suffered from overproduction. It was if all the engery was bottled up and they didn't want to let it out.

Not so here. Funnel Cloud sparkles with both beauty and energy. Even the slower songs like the title track tremble with an energy evocotive of their live performances. Meanwhile, the beautiful melodies keep on coming -- He Came to Meet Me and Reservior may be two of their best songs, ever.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cddd68) out of 5 stars A quietly beautiful, intelligent pop/country album Sept. 8 2006
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you've heard any of their previous releases, you know that Hem doesn't make loud, brash music. This release continues their previous albums' quietly elegant tone. They wisely cut back on the string sections this time around. The songwriters put a lot of thought into each of the songs and Sally Ellyson is the perfect voice for them.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cddfa8) out of 5 stars Sweet Ear Candy Sept. 22 2006
By Joseph A. Sciascia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've never heard this band before until today. I read some recommendations from some reviews. All I can say is that I "LOVE" it!

The whole album is Sophisticated, Contemporary and very smart. I have not even finished the cd yet, and my favorite track is the silky vocals on "He Came To Meet Me". Even though this is a new album for me, I'm putting it at the top with my other favorites of "folk/singer songwriter/Indie Rock"...like Joni Mitchell, Kate Wolf, Gillian Welch and Shawn Colvin.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cdf240) out of 5 stars Gorgeous Music Oct. 2 2006
By LMN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard about Hem on NPR, and bought Funnel Cloud soon after. I'd never heard them before. I love this CD and am happy to find a new group to listen to. "The Pills Stopped Working" is my favorite song. The other songs are soft, mellow, beautifully written. The music is rich and complex. I look forward to hearing more of Hem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1cdf0d8) out of 5 stars Beautiful Album March 24 2008
By James B. Carlen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on a whim (and based on very good reviews). I have not been disappointed. Where did this group come from? If you like Shawn Colvin, Wailin Jennys, other female singer/songwriters - you will like this group. Most of the songs are pretty mellow, but well written with great instrumental (piano and/or strings) back up.