Ernie Halter

Congress Hotel

by Jason MacNeil

30 April 2007

 

While he possesses enough chops to get these songs across, Ernie Halter has found a haven on MySpace with tour van cameras and live shows. And it’s these songs that revolve around said shows, bringing to mind popsters like Daniel Powter, Jack Johnson, and Jason Mraz with sugar-coated, radio-friendly tunes like the soul-tinted “One You Need”, the equally appealing “Into This Life” and the rockier “Love, Look At Me Now”. However it’s a rather slippery slope between that and a tune like “Melissa” that is soulful but still lackluster. It would fit much better later down the track listing. “Lisa” doesn’t fare all that much better, a very barren song that should have an obvious Latin touch, and does, but still doesn’t quite come together. Meanwhile, “Whisper” is a better effort, as Halter harkens back to an old-school era doo wop flavoring. Perhaps the highlight of Congress Hotel is the simple folksy “Love in L.A.”, which contains a great melody. The same can be said of “Something’s Come Over Me”, which is a track John Mayer would arm wrestle for.

Congress Hotel

Rating:

Topics: ernie halter
//related
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work. We are a wholly independent, women-owned, small company. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing, challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. PopMatters needs your help to keep publishing. Thank you.


//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

// Notes from the Road

"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

READ the article