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Sister Hazel - Fortress

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
06/27/2000
Artist
Sister Hazel
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
Uptown/Universal
Duration
00:57:48

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Sister Hazel was fortunate that their debut album arrived precisely at the right time, just when radio was cooling to Hootie & the Blowfish but still needed journeymen bar bands that turned out sturdy mainstream rock & roll, the kind of music that was the '90s version of heartland rock. They scored a major hit and toured the hell out of the record, building a respectable success. Still, when their second album, Fortress, appeared in the summer of 2000, they still had something to prove. Like a lot of their peers -- such post-ironic, post-Hootie artists as Matchbox Twenty, Tonic, Cowboy Mouth, and Edwin McCain -- they had to prove that they could deliver another solid record that would retain their audience. The dilemma of the working band, as it were. This is a dilemma that was particularly difficult in the late '90s/early 2000s since working bands were considerably less than hip and didn't have album rock as an outlet the way working bands did in the '70s. Sister Hazel realizes this and they even give a shout-out to their working-band comrades in their special thanks. It's likely that they connect so strongly with the working band because they are the definition of one for their era. They are a solid band, turning out sturdy albums that may have a couple of stumbles, yet it's always satisfyingly straightforward. With Fortress, Sister Hazel does take a couple of tentative steps to distinguish themselves from the pack -- a neo-psychedelic arrangement there, Beatlesque horns here, ambitious song structures every few tracks -- but they remain a working band at their core. That means that they're hardly cool in 2000, but they do deliver a follow-up that delivers on the sound of their hit, even if it never quite successfully expands that signature sound. And that's a trademark of a working band, too. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1) Change Your Mind (04:22)
2) Back Porch (00:37)
3) Thank You (03:21)
4) Champagne High (05:20)
5) Beautiful Thing (03:48)
6) Surreal (04:41)
7) Shame on Me (03:48)
8) Your Winter (04:36)
9) Strange Cup of Tea (05:00)
10) Save Me (04:02)
11) Give In (03:58)
12) Out There (04:24)
13) Elvis (03:58)
14) Fortress (05:53)

Album
Fortress
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Fortress | Sister Hazel