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Dave Hause - Heavy Heart [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Dave Hause

Dave Hause: Heavy Heart [7-inch]Heavy Heart [7-inch] (2012)
Jade Tree Records

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I don't mean any disrespect to his solo full-length debut Resolutions, but Dave Hause has completely supplanted that record by rerecording its songs with stripped down arrangements. As if that wasn't enough, he's releasing these new versions on a series of 7"s for different labels and throwing in a .
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I don't mean any disrespect to his solo full-length debut Resolutions, but Dave Hause has completely supplanted that record by rerecording its songs with stripped down arrangements. As if that wasn't enough, he's releasing these new versions on a series of 7"s for different labels and throwing in a couple covers from their respective vaults. Yeah, there's some assembly required, but it's all worth. Heavy Heart, Hause's effort for Jade Tree, is arguably the best of the bunch.

"Heavy Heart" and "Rankers & Rotters" absolutely sound better here compared to their Resolutions counterparts. With just electric guitar and vox, "Heavy Heart" actually carries more oomph this time, and the chorus hits much harder. But got-damn does "Rankers & Rotters" kick ass. Armed with just an acoustic guitar, Hause drops a whole mess of fury through just his voice. Not to turn this whole article into a backhanded compliment, but these songs are so much better solo. Call it "the Mountain Goats Effect."

Hause has proven himself an adept interpreter in the past, and he delivers yet again here with covers of the Promise Ring's "Skips a Beat (Over You)" and Jets to Brazil's "Psalm." He could have taken the easy way out and dropped a couple of winking Kid Dynamite 'n' Paint It Black covers, and instead offers up two quiet, contemplative sucker-punches. "Skips a Beat," in its original form, is a peppy, poppy number, but Hause goes the other way with it. Here, he finds the solemnity in Davey von Bohlen's words, turning the track into a sort of pledge of fidelity. The Jets to Brazil cover is nearly as good, although not quite as surprising. Straight piano, just like the original, minus the drums and audio bits. Still pretty awesome all the same.

 

 
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telegraphrocks (August 15, 2012)

How this can get a "10" is baffling.
Anywho... so far, I like the actual album versions of all the songs better, but the re-recordings are still alright. One of these covers (I forgot which) was kind of bad. The other was ok.

The Bridge Nine EP was better. And where are the other ones? Aren't there 4 out already?

nocontrol (August 15, 2012)

I saw Dave a few weeks ago at a solo show, where he played a good deal of solo songs. from the loved ones, he played jane,the bridge,pretty good year, maybe one more. but as an opener, id expect him to play mostly solo stuff, but who knows.

jeffreyonfire (August 15, 2012)

Seeing Mr. Hause with the Souls in Oct. Can I expect alot of Loved Ones songs or does he do mostly his own stuff?

EchosMyron (August 15, 2012)

The Loved Ones were even more terrible than Hause Solo.

Thumbs (August 14, 2012)

I love "Resolutions" and The Loved Ones, but this is so fucking boring. The covers are bleh.

Do another Loved Ones album, Dave. Come on.

EchosMyron (August 14, 2012)

If they are intent on releasing music by chumps like this, it`s no wonder Jade Tree has scaled back so much. That "Psalm" cover is totally underwhelming and loses all the atmosphere of the original.

eazyd2 (August 14, 2012)

jelone shows once again why he is considered the stupidest fucking reviewer in the history of the world

MN_DrNick (August 14, 2012)

Don't get me wrong, it's good. But holy crap five star worthy? Me thinks not.

MN_DrNick (August 14, 2012)

Okay.... you gave this five stars but Fake Boys "Pig Factory" two and a half?

slymer (August 14, 2012)

5 stars? I need to hear this

sailin_on (August 14, 2012)

Where is my Chuck Ragan cameo?

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