Seventh release from Bruce Hanson and the mighty Fellaheen is both dark and uplifting.
Songwriter and Fellaheen mastermind Bruce Hanson still has that indefinable "it" seven releases into his career. Calling to mind a meeting between the Bones Howe-era Tom Waits and the post-Bones Howe-era Tom Waits, Death andFrolic is as dark and turbulent as it is bright and uplifting.
Hanson’s best work here includes “Isle of the Moon”, the Weil-ish “Karma’s Dog”, and the decidedly -- and unexpectedly -- raucous “All the Birds (Will Nest in Your Hair”), the album’s penultimate number. The whole affair shuts down with “Red River Valley”, a loving nod to Hanson’s late father. Light, sweet, and sincere, it perfectly exemplifies the artist’s full emotional scope and beautifully caps off Death and Frolic.