reviewed by Laura Stanley
Though the new record from Vancouver based songstress Hannah Georgas marks her second full-length record, third release in total, the singer chose this album to be a self-titled one. Recently telling the Vancouver Sun about her album title choice, Georgas said she was looking for a “fresh, re-introduction” to her music. In Hannah Georgas, this “re-introduction” is exactly what listeners get.
Capturing hearts in her second record This Is Good, Georgas’ music style is poppy and even danceable at points but there was always a folky tinge that managed to find its way into the corners of the record. In the new one, Georgas does away with the folky pull-back, amping up the danceable beats to a whole new, dream-like, electronic level.
Grabbing your attention right from the beginning, “Elephant” is a mostly vocal based opener from Georgas, her welcoming warm vocal tones are of course a highlight, only to be carried away with a noisy synth outro.
Far from the happy disposition of another song about robots from friend and fellow west-coster (Dan Mangan, of course), Georgas’ following song “Robotic,” despite the darker lyrical tone, could be one of her most accessible hits to date. “I wanna be reprogrammed. I wanna be robotic,” sings Georgas in a song that is the combination of everything right about the new record – clever lyrics, moveable beat, and a musical fullness, all with that Hannah Georgas charm.
An obvious favourite, “Robotic” is not to completely outshine the other well crafted pop hits, “Enemies” – the array of cool synthesized noises add to its strength – and “Somebody” – an irresistible dancey slow-jam.
In the latter half of the album, “Shortie,” a teen-pop sounding number a la “Call Me Maybe,” throws the album for a loop while the equally fun-filled “Millions” makes for an amusing but weaker side to the record.
“What You Do To Me” beautifully captures the airy and dreamy effect that Georgas is able to give the record as a whole. A simple and sweet chorus of “this is what you do to me” brings a sensuality to an already smooth number. The subtle but powerful nature of “What You Do To Me” marks a change from some of the album’s previous offerings.
A new stage in Hannah Georgas’ sound but certainly not an outrageous one, Hannah Georgas has some serious pop hits that will earn the singer some more well-deserving attention.
Top Tracks: “Elephant,” “Robotics”
Rating: Strong Hoot (Good)