The Lonely H

Artist: The Lonely H

Produced by: The Control Group

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Formed in high school in the year 2000, releasing their first album in 2006 and three albums later, the rock band known as The Lonely H consists of front man Mark Fredson on vocals and keys, brothers Eric and Johnny Whitman on guitars and bass respectively and Ben Eyestone on drums.  Newcomer Zach Setchfield joins the band for their self titled fourth album, The Lonely H.

            I had previously reviewed The Lonely Hís third album, Concrete Class, and was very impressed with the classic rock feel of the album.  The style brought me back to when I was a kid listening to Don Henley and The Eagles on the radio.  For their fourth album, they havenít exactly abandoned that style, but they have a much more polished sound this time around.

            I really enjoyed the third album, but the members of The Lonely H have outdone themselves with this album.  Not only is their sound more polished, but their lyrics are more mature and meaningful.  The songs feature tales about various forms of love.  In the first track, Try Again, the singer warns that he isnít easy to love and probably not one of those types you can stay in love with for long, but he wouldnít mind if you tried him out one more time.  In contrast to this dual-sided warning offered to his lover, in Runaway, the singer lets his lover know that he isnít just going to let her take off on him.

            The third track, Waiting on a Broken Heart, is a story about a man who is preparing for the end of love.  The signs are all there and all thatís missing is the moment that Mary turns to him and tells him itís over.  The sixth track, Love Her Anyways is a song about abusive love.  The singerís lover berates him, bestows love on him sparingly as if it is a hardship for her to do, basically treats him so poorly that he kind of resents her, yet he somehow loves her anyway, despite it all. 

            As I listened to this new album from The Lonely H, I found myself extremely impressed.  This doesnít sound like a band that has only been recording albums for less than a decade.  This sounds like a band that has been together for decades, honing their sound and perfectly melding with one another to produce music that is rocking with amazing guitar riffs, harmonized vocals and meaningful lyrics.  This is a much more mature Lonely H hitting the airwaves and I am more than happy with what they have brought to the table.  The Lonely H self-titled album is bound to propel this band to the stardom they seek and then some.


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