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Gold Rush


Artist: Hannah Aldridge
Label: Rootsy Music
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 16 June 2017

Gold Rush is Hannah Aldridge’s second album, a follow up to her 2014 debut Razor Wire. In literature and in songwriting, the American South is where writers go to face their fears. Aldridge doesn’t just dip her pen into the well of the South, the Muscle Shoals native embodies it. With every song, she’s facing down demons of a life once lived from substance abuse to failed relationships and scars from the lashes of the bible belt...

Gold Rush appears to be a more personal, introspective body of work than Hannah Aldridge's debut Razor Wire (2014). Here she confronts things that have happened to her so far in her life. This LP is her trying to sort through and put her feelings into words.

There's a tightrope walked here between Rock and Country music over the course of this LP's 10 songs (40 min, 43 sec). The upshot of this is that it will make Rock fans out of Country lovers and vice versa.

In addition there's a diversity here that's hard not to latch onto. For me, I was a fan from the first play through... and several weeks later I still can't get enough of what Aldridge delivers here.


Nick Smithson

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