So my history with Ari Hest is kind of strange. Way back in what must have been 2001, my friend Erica was playing this CD at her desk of this son of a friend of her fathers named Ari. It sounded good and so I asked for a copy, but it got lost in the shuffle. Fast-forward a few years, Iâ€™m hangin around the A&R department of Columbia (26), and Ariâ€™s doing a soundcheck, and had apparently been signed to RED INK (our indie distributor). So I sit in for it with my bud Jared and get hooked. Before you know it, Iâ€™m going to see him for the second time at Irving Plaza. He puts on a great show and Iâ€™m wandering around afterward looking to see if theres anyone from work there and lo and behold who do I see but Erica. Small world moments abound, and is just another reason why Iâ€™m still not sick of this record.
â€œSomeone to Tellâ€ is a mishmash of re-recordings of songs from several of Ariâ€™s previous records, and having heard some of the original versions, Iâ€™d say these have more of a sheen to them consistant with his hooky acoustic pop (yes, Iâ€™m not too much of a snob to use the p-word. Itâ€™s filled with hooks that the Mayer / Mraz / Yornâ€™s of the world wish they could come up with, delivered with a full rich baritone (Iâ€™m not sure thats rightâ€¦deep but not Barry White deep). Iâ€™ll spare you the track-by-track recap, except to say â€œTheyâ€™re On To Meâ€ will be in your head for weeks after hearing it, and â€œSomeone To Tellâ€ reaffirms my statment that songs in 6/8 are just naturally better and ends with one of those three part harmony moments that could just go on forever and stay sweet. And the songs in between, they ainâ€™t so bad either.
You can hear pretty much the whole album at AriHestPlayer.com.
This record is a permanent fixture on my iPod and iTunes at work and at home, and I dont see that changing anytime soon.