| Ari Hest: Someone To Tell
By: Sara Zeno
The musical momentum
of Someone to Tell feels appropriately fitting coming from
Ari Hest, an
artist who is intimately connected with New York City, the place
that never loses its energy. The album is also his leap into major
label land after years of successfully working to win an audience
on his own through ceaseless travel, promotion and recording.
The dusky, smoky vibe
of the album pulls together rock and contemplative songwriting into
a pleasing, cohesive whole. Hest has a slightly weathered voice
that is also richly resonant--- managing to soar up to falsetto
at times, and he's gifted with knowing how to use his instrument
to pull out deeper meaning from his lyrics.
Hest's writing claims
self-acceptance and growth, as shown in A Fond Farewell: This
is my hand, these are the cards that I've been dealt / Only I can
make these changes, nobody else. . . I'm making peace with my soul
tonight. The song Aberdeen also affirms the drive to
move forward: Never was there any doubt / I would make my way
out / I want to know what life's all about / And I will get there.
a look at releasing the past and its nearly interminable grip upon
the present. Hest leaves room for hope in this potentially infinite
struggle. If you refuse to hide / These monsters will subside.
Other songs worth a deeper
listen are Consistency, with its snaky instrumentation, including
excellent additions from a horn section, and vocalizations, as well
as Someone to Tell, which cracks a window into the world
of a writer's motivations.