Reviews of 'Glances From a Nervous Groom'
NO DEPRESSION (Seattle) "His prize possession is a
guitar signed by
over a dozen of his heroes including Paul Westerburg, John
Earl Keen, and Matthew Sweet - with a combination
of that foursome
providing a decent description of Hart's sound ... and from
pre-Clarence White Byrds." - Rick Cornell.
NOT LAME, DENVER, CO. "This guy reminds me of mid/late era
Graham Parker w/ an early 80s new wave pop approach (think
Sinceros) but it throws in E. Costello, dashes of Byrds, a bit of
Brinsley Schwartz/Burritos country hybrid and LOTS of Freedy
Johnston/Joe Henry. At times haunting, other times straight
forward; this austere and well grounded pastiche is something
to dig for years to come. Rustic, idiosyncratic, inventive.
- Bruce Brodeen.
MIDWESTERN SKIES (Sweden) "A real cool journey into the
midwestern tradition of rock pop. Good craftmanship & cool
lyrics with good hooks. Jeff also has a nice voice for this thing &
a must recommend for all midwest trock lovers who like Del mitri."
- Par Karlsson.
RECORD EXCHANGE MUSIC MONITOR - "The songs on 'Glances' rank among
I've heard this year. I challenge anyone to find a better
than the exceptional 'From Now On' with
such lines as "Colder than the
backside of your pillowcase". Lesser artists have made careers
of such songs.
It's Mr. Hart's turn.
THE BIG TAKEOVER (New York) "A flawless set that is so pleasing, with songs that Tom Petty would probably forfeit a tooth or two for, the kind Roger McGuinn would favor. Yet another undiscovered proze." - Jack Rabid.
THE INDEPENDENT,(Durham NC) - "Could well be a tribute
to the Fab
honorable mentions going to Elvis Costello, Don Dixon
and Ray Davies.
SPECTATOR, (Raleigh NC) - "This crispy new set of tunes from Jeff
reflects his tireless striving for the perfect hook... and he's sharing
quite a few of them with us. Here's the payoff."
JEM (Japan) "Melodic pop - The songs remind us of the Byrds and
Big Star in
many parts. Jeff Hart is also a Neil Young/Tom Petty inspired
singer-songwriter who inherits the best of the American
rock sensibilites. His
songs are strong enough
to appeal to us from across the Pacific."
Watanabe (translation thanks to Maki Kobayashi)
CIRCUS (Newcastle England) - "The opening salvos of 'Tearing
'From Now On' are as exciting an inital burst of pop-rock
as you'll hear this
Hugely recommended for
all lovers of the Byrds, The Beatles and REM,
and for those who like their pop music with a pinch
of intellegence and wit.
Thrilling" - Keith Topping
SUBVERSION (Pullman, WA) "Dreamy...
there's a few gems here."
NEWS AND OBSERVER, Raleigh NC "Steeped in the traditional
guitar pop verities of bands like The Beatles and The Kinks. A
finely crafted record that's well worth checking out"
- David Menconi