You’ll be rooting for Hannah Georgas on her new self-titled release.
The Canadian singer-songwriter will remind listeners of some of their hard-luck friends, a gal who is too tender, funny, smart and playful to be single, but too messed up in the head to be in the uncomplicated relationship she seeks.
And as “Hannah Georgas” plays out, you’ll likely feel empathy for the Ontario-born, British Columbia-based performer, and you’ll also likely be charmed by her synthetic, New Wave sound, her clear vocals and her irresistible choruses.
Georgas opens her heart right out of the gate, her vulnerable voice emerging from the electronic pulse of first track “Elephant” with, “Is there any love left for me?” before the song picks up momentum. On the subsequent “Somebody,” Georgas seeks a sad little measure of revenge on the object of her affection (whom she obsesses over with, “Every time you walk away, I’m kicking myself”), latching on to the gentle rhythm with the sweet-sounding/mean-spirited refrain, “I just hope that someday, somebody’s gonna break your heart.”
Fortunately, the singer isn’t merely a relationship-consumed woman who defines herself by her romantic partners, and she and producer Graham Walsh sink their sharp hooks into other material. Georgas is comparatively manic on the whimsical “Millions,” for example, seeing herself as worthy of being a millionaire as anyone, and there’s a downcast glow in the softly sweeping “Robotic,” where she pines for a disconnection from her heart: “I wanna be reprogrammed, I wanna be robotic.”
The contrast doesn’t get any clearer than the dreamy and bittersweet “Ode to Mom” (“If there is magic on this planet ... It’s in my blood”) versus the hilarious, tongue-in-cheek “Shortie,” where the singer tosses out her brain cells to channel a superficial dance diva. ("I’m gonna dance dance dance until the cops come”).
Still, she circles back around to the confessional self-analysis closer “Waiting Game,” where shimmer and strum support Georgas as she sings, “My heart is always ready to quit ... It gets so hard, I get so hard on myself ... I’m just a sucker waiting for your call.”
Yeah, that call’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. ...
Rating: 4 stars (out of five)
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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