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by Willie Hines Band

An eclectic band that performs in the styles of rock from the 60's to today. "A perfect ROCK album." Fans of Jellyfish, Kings X, T Rex, Beatles and Led Zeppelin are gonna feel right at home with this album.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Say Hello
4:21 album only
2. Solitaire
3:46 album only
3. Downtown
2:52 album only
4. The Drift
4:10 album only
5. Honeymoon Junkie
5:14 album only
6. Greta Garbo
4:21 album only
7. Everybody Else
4:29 album only
8. Smile
3:21 album only
9. Gypsy's Gift
4:34 album only
10. Hippie Chick
3:55 album only
11. Boyd's Party
3:36 album only
12. Goodbye
4:55 album only
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Album Notes
5.0 out of 5 stars Willie Hines makes the perfect record. February 2, 2014
By Nic Hartley

Do you know the way to Abbey Road? Apparently Willie Hines knows that neighborhood very, very well. He wears his influences well on his sleeve, but you never ever mistake him for being anyone else other than himself.
His new record, WHATEVER comes after a long decade (more or less) of soul searching, heartbreak, grieving and loss, as well as moments of bliss and happiness, that he has managed to channel into the perfect rock record. But, with an artist like Willie Hines, the wait is well worth it when it comes to new music releases.
Onto the music.

Say Hello-Hello! Great way to kick the doors down with a shimmering power pop anthem that recalls the best song Jellyfish never wrote. It also reminds me of the late 90's So. Cal. power pop band, the Tories. This song here is the reason that I love Willie so much. He knows exactly what a perfect pop song should sound like and should mean, and delivers with aplomb.

Solitaire-Has a nice little sleazy groove to it that hearkens in a sense back to the Jet Red days, some very nice harmonies, and is just a great fun track. Digging the organ at the end of the song; I love Willie's leads on this too. Good stuff.

Downtown-Another great pop song, with a chorus that gets stuck in your head like peanut butter does to the roof of your mouth. You'll find yourself hard-pressed trying to get it out of your head, but not minding! The bridge reminds me a little of the band 5:30's song "Psycho Cupid". It is criminal how great of a melody/lyric writer this man is, and how relatively unknown.

The Drift-It's easy to say that this track recalls the mystical elements of Led Zeppelin, and while that is true, it also reminds me a little of some of the later period Cheap Trick...those big haunting, dreamy like lyrics swirling around in the sky, taking you in. The guitar solo is straight Buck Dharma, which is to say tasteful and classy, with just the right amount of restraint. A very very good track.

Honeymoon Junkie-Another nice little sleazy riff that pulls you right back into a T. Rex ELECTRIC WARRIOR vibe. In fact, Willie's even got Marc's little sexy, breathy, whisper screams down pat. I totally dig the chorus, and it might just be my favorite on the whole record. It's just so laid back and sexy. The lyrics here tell the story of a man who is a hopeless, incurable romantic, trying to find himself in a world devoid of that intense love...my take, anyway.

Greta Garbo-Another heavy, epic track that recalls Zeppelin, but I actually hear more of a Dio-era Sabbath vibe being laid down. The chorus reminds me a lot of King's X, which ain't a bad thing at all. I love these heavy atmospheric numbers that balance the other poppier aspects of the record; it gives for a nice, full-bodied balance of diversity in music, and every song has wonderfully masterful choruses.

Everybody Else-This song starts out with some harmony accapella vocals that remind me of Prince, or Todd Rundgren, who I know is one of Willie's biggest influences..it's a nice mid-tempo pop song that I could totally hear on the radio, if the radio played real music anymore..the melody in the chorus is one that Willie came up with as far back as 1995 or 96, because I recall him calling my home phone number when I wasn't home, and singing it on the answering machine, and when I came home and heard it, I thought, that's going to make a great song! I can't believe I'm finally hearing it in a full-fledged song nearly 2 decades later! Well worth the wait. A very satisfying pop-rock song.

Smile-Interesting..I played an original song of mine for Willie once back in the day called "Smile", but it was a completely different thing altogether..I suppose every great pop songwriter needs to a have a "Smile" song. This one, again, reminds me a little of Todd Rundgren, and in my estimation, you can't have too much Todd! I nice little nod to Jackson 5, with those funky little pinch riffs...love it.

Gypsy's Gift-Yeah! I've been enjoying this song since the WHB leaked it out with a nice little video to go with it...the riffs are nice and chunky, like Mott The Hoople meets the Stones and Aerosmith cum the Faces, with Willie doing his best smoky David Coverdale tribute (whether conscious or not). A lot of people have been recently raving about the Winery Dogs, but this song to me is what real rock and roll sounds like. Period. Fantastic classic rock anthem.

Hippie Chick-A nice, acoustically driven campfire type sing-along song. Simple, sweet, and sentimental. This is the kind of song that you could sing for your girlfriend, and then get lucky later on that night. Tee hee....Very cool to hear some harmonica in there.

Boyd's Party-A nice heavy riff groove starts off this song, and I'm sure much to Willie's surprise, the opening lyric and melody is almost exactly "Danger" by Kiss. Willie always did say CREATURES OF THE NIGHT was their best record, so a sub-conscious nod would probably be appropriate to say happened here, or maybe I'm just projecting my own reasons...all that aside, this could have been on the first Jet Red record, and again some really cool harmonica playing finds it's way here just before a burning lead guitar solo. Great harmonies on the chorus. Kudos on a great, heavy, fun track.

Goodbye-Ending the album (no! Don't end! We want more! We want more!), is an emotional ballad that brings you nearly to tears, as it celebrates the people and things that have moved on from this world. Willie has been steadily privately releasing lyrics of each song to me recently, and though I haven't gotten this song's yet, from what I hear, this is one of the most poignant tracks about us as humans and how we deal with losing everything, everyone...in fact, if you've ever known Willie, you probably know that he's encountered some pretty heavy experiences over the last decade that have forced him to become more introspective than ever, and throughout the album there are lines and clues and hints about his life that piece together this album, and the culmination of things that led to the writing of this record. Look deeper.
In closing for my review, I want to say that I've listened to the album maybe 15 times since I got it last week, and this review is in no way a complete or final picture of what I'm sure I'll get from this album. There are so many different things to discover each time you listen. So, do yourselves all a favor: if you are a fan of Willie, or just a fan in general of great albums, get it. You will not be disappointed.

Nic Hartley



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Another gem from the Willie Hines and band
Where does one start? The latest release from the Willie Hines Band covers a tremendous amount of territory. If you want pop sensibility, you get it in songs like "Say Hello", "Hippie Chick", and "Downtown". If you want a straight ahead rock tune, then "Boyd's Party" is definitely in the sweet spot along with "Solitare" not far behind. If you want circa Led Zep sound, then "The Drift" is right there with big time nods to the mighty Plant/Page machine. If you want power-pop-rock, then "Smile" is the song that will get you singing the chorus immediately and wanting more! There is not a dull moment of sound on this album.

Much has changed musically since Willie Hines was singing for The Lights and Jet Red but one thing remains constant- Willie Hines continues to bring finely crafted music to those who are willing to find it. With the input of Jeffery Babineau (guitar, backing vocals, and much more!), John Wise (bass, keys, backing vocals), and Michael "Fro" Frowein (drums, backing vocals, the album sparkles with talented musicianship. Will this album make the charts? Not likely due to the state of the fractured music industry today where great talent is overlooked while posers somehow get a seat in the spotlight. Nonetheless, if you are a fan of real music being made by real people, then this album is for you. It has so much to offer to so many people that it just might actually gain some new followers for the WHB. Don't miss out and get it today and continue to support your local music scene! Rock on!!

Track listing:
Say Hello
The Drift
Honeymoon Junkie
Greta Garbo
Everybody Else
Gypsy's Gift
Hippie Chick
Boyd's Party

My picks are "Smile", "Boyd's Party", and "Solitare" but then again, I just like good music from good people.............