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ALBUM REVIEW

Kylie D. Hart
HARD LUCK
©2010 Independently released
MTM260701
Review by Lucky Boyd
Co-Founder, MyTexasMusic.com

$13.99

Todayís lesson in music is about sophistication.  Many fans may not know what that is all about.  For starters, letís explore all the places you wonít find sophisticated song writing.  First, the blues.  Oh, thereís nothing better than a well-written blues tune, but thereís not a lot to it, just twelve bars and a sad story.  Todayís country music is another place lacking sophistication.  Complicated, yes, but not really sophisticated.  By way of definition, weíre talking about music that has acquired worldly knowledge and tunes that are more developed rather than steeped in a natural simplicity.  Unfortunately, radio executives shy away from sophistication, leaning toward something canned and formulated in an effort to let music be that unnecessary stuff between commercials.  Consequently, it might take a listen or two longer for jocks to fall in love with Kylie D. Hartís music.  Her debut offering is a clinic in musical sophistication, though the tunes range from the subtle anthem to the raucous barn-burner.  Kylie is an adept songwriter, and her songs could have been wrapped in any of several styles, but she chose country music as her genre, and the package is complete and entertaining.  Many country songs suffer from formula envy, trying to be that next verse, verse, chorus in an all-too-familiar chord progression that sinks into mediocrity like the hundreds of thousands of never-heard B sides.  Hart uses her influences of rock, blues, and pop to create arrangements that donít lull the listener but rather keep them engaged throughout each track.  Expert use of key and time signature changes give Kylieís music the aforementioned sophistication and the result is a collection of songs that are musically pleasing.  Ah, but the pizzazz doesnít stop there.  Hartís arrangements are the icing on a lyrically solid cake.  Kylie has captured in words a good assortment of relatable stories that listeners will identify with quickly.  Stories of things that happened stand next to songs about dealing with what happened, each leaving just enough space to allow listeners to insert their own subjective imagination.  This slight avoidance of the obvious is a mark of a great songwriter.  Song after song will give you cause to connect with Kylie as you find common ground in her lyrics.  The title cut is perhaps the most commercially viable, though there are three solid radio releases here, the other two being ďI GiveĒ and ďThrow Up.Ē (If I could, I might change the title of the last one, but itís a great tune) Greg White is the lead producer on the track and does a great job of capturing Hartís technical ability.  Kylie D. Hartís voice is ĎPaulette Carson meets Lacy J. Daltoní and sustains power, passion, and mastery throughout the project.  If I were to release a compilation of outstanding patriotic songs, Hartís ďThe Brave,Ē offered as a bonus track, would be the lead tune, framing a nationís thoughts in a four-minute masterpiece.  It wonít take but a minute of research for you to know, so Iíll mention it here; the album doubles as a fundraising effort for The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation due to Kylieís battle with the life-threatening condition.  While Kylie will open doors with her philanthropy and her connection to this devastating illness, particularly since it took her sister at age sixteen, there will be those who will strip away all those facts and let the music stand on its own.  This is as it should be.  As the scrutiny begins, listeners will quickly find an extremely talented, passionate, and inviting personality in Kyle D. Hart.  It wonít take long for the sheer number of fans to grow exponentially.  In doing so, itís quite possible that throngs of Hart-heads will unite making Kylie the next big thing in Texas music.  When you see the invitation to join her at one of her performances, I assure you itís an invite you will want to accept, but carefully consider your choice of dancing shoes.  While this kind of sophistication certainly deserves Prada, a good comfortable pair of cowboy boots will do just fine.

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