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The Break-In (Bonus Track Version)


Download links and information about The Break-In (Bonus Track Version) by Ari Hest. This album was released in 2007 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 40:39 minutes.

Artist: Ari Hest
Release date: 2007
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk
Tracks: 11
Duration: 40:39
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No. Title Length
1. When and If 3:23
2. Bird Never Flies 3:40
3. Leaving Her Alone 3:31
4. So Slow 3:21
5. When to Quit 3:42
6. Right of Way 3:24
7. The Break-In 4:49
8. Big Ben 4:31
9. Just As Well 2:56
10. I've Got You 3:51
11. Chasing Down a Miracle (Bonus Track) 3:31



Although radio-friendly singer/songwriter Ari Hest's music (the rhythm, the chords) isn't always particularly distinguishable from similarly emotionally accessible artists — Matt Nathanson, Josh Kelley, Jason Mraz — the Bronx native has an important advantage over his peers: he possesses a better-than-average voice, something that can't be faked by ProTools, and something that he accentuates on his second full-length, The Break-In. It seems to have developed tremendously since his first record, Someone to Tell, came out in 2004, and the results are impressive. His range, for example, has expanded, or is at least displayed more prominently here: he moves from the low, sonorous notes on tracks like the opener "When and If" to a convincing falsetto on the title track without ever sounding strained or unnatural. It's a resonant, affecting tenor that blends well not only with itself but also with Hest's acoustic guitar and Mitchell Froom's clean production, and doesn't need to be forced into sounding emotional and honest. And songwise, although Hest sticks to simple, standard progressions and melodies, the way the electric guitar, keyboards, and percussion enter and exit, his allusions to Beach Boys-esque harmonies, the occasional times he slips in an unexpected note, even the crooner-ish jazzy track, "I've Got You," make The Break-In better than your typical sentimental-male pop album. The songs are hooky, of course, but not overly so, and they don't depend on catchiness to carry them. The edgier "Right of Way" plays on lightly distorted electric guitars and driving vocal lines, while "Leaving Her Alone" is gentle and softer and contains one of Hest's best phrases ("Here, here is an empty room/Filled with an empty man"). In fact, it's the lyrics that are the only thing on the album that really fall short, especially in comparison to what he shows he can accomplish in other fields. The rhymes are uncomplicated and sometimes cliché, or at least very ordinary, which contrasts with Hest's strong voice, and keeps The Break-In from reaching past the boundaries of adult alternative and into actual poetic singer/songwriter territory. Still, it's a leap forward for Hest, and promises much more to come.