No, this Corey Hart is not the 80s synth-rocker
best known for "Sunglasses at Night" and "Never Surrender." Nor is he
the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder of the same name. Hell, he isn't even P!nk's husband,
the famous motocross racer. (That is Carey Hart.)
If anyone ever had a valid reason to take
on a stage name, this is the guy.
In fact, his
publicity release spends a good amount of time explaining who Corey Hart is
not before they can even get to who he is. It almost reminded me of
Christine O'Donnell's "I am not a witch" political ads. When you are
introducing yourself to people, you really want to tell what you are, not
what you aren't.
It's too bad, the
name is a
distraction that the singer/songwriter does not need - particularly seeing
that the other singing Corey Hart is attempting a bit of a comeback at about
the same time as this EP is being released.
is a unique piece of songcraft that is not even remotely similar to the
music that was the stock-in-trade of his namesake. However, it has its
So, the question
remains. Who is this Corey Hart?
Based on the evidence
of Winter Bones, he is an acoustic based rocker with a good ear for a
hook and a passionate vocal style. The opener "Extinguish" pretty much
sets the table here, it is a dreamy and softly seductive meditation on the
darker reaches of his fevered soul.
Thistle" has the traditional folky beauty of early Dan Fogelberg (and yes,
that is meant as very high praise), a sweet and softspoken old school
ballad. He also pulls a shuffling midtempo beat and a vague bluegrass
feel in for "Paper Fins."
The title track has a
vaguely martial beat and a surprising falsetto over mournful little power
chords to create an atmosphere of quiet resignation.
In some ways,
Winter Bones has the desolate beauty pictured on its quietly affecting
cover. This is not the kind of music that will find much of a home on
radio, but for the few discerning fans that are able to track it down, it
will offer ample rewards.
Jay S. Jacobs
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Posted: October 13, 2011.