But Reason To Believe is more than an opportunity to pay lip service to one of the most gifted and overlooked talents in generations, with its artists (in the true spirit of Hardin) getting creative with the songs. The record begins with Wellington cinematic-pop types The Phoenix Foundation and a dazzling reworking of "Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep", the '60s groove and strummed guitar of Hardin's original replaced by a tsunami wash of post-rock pianos and airy vocals. From there, the good times keep tumbling. Sam Genders' Diagrams turn the tender "Part Of The Wind" into an electronics epic guided by 16-bit bleeps and ghostly synths, while Smoke Fairies offer a broody, smokey, intense take on"If I Were A Carpenter" that burrows its way into your psyche.
With artwork by Jack White's former collaborator Miles Johnson at Third Man Records and extensive linear notes by Rock's Backpages music critic and highly respected author Barney Hoskyns, Reason To Believe is too good to miss.
Reason To Believe - The Songs Of Tim Hardin (out physically 2/26 on Full Time Hobby) tracklisting:1. The Phoenix Foundation - Don't Make Promises You Can't Keep2. The Sand Band - Reason To Believe3. Mark Lanegan - Red Balloon4. Diagrams - Part Of The Wind5. The Magnetic North - It's Hard To Believe In Love For Long6. Alela Diane - How Can We Hang On To A Dream7. Snorri Helgason - Misty Roses8. Sarabeth Tucek - If I Knew9. Okkervil River - It'll Never Happen Again10. Smoke Fairies - If I Were A Carpenter11. Gavin Clark - Shiloh Town12. Hannah Peel - Lenny's Tune13. Pinkunoizu - I Can't Slow Down
Artwork: Miles Johnson
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