“Trevor Hall’s self-titled.” – CD Review.

By Bry Schulz

4 1/2 Stars:

Before I started writing this review I was worried. I was given Trevor Hall’s new self-titled album to listen to and when I looked at the photo of the artist I thought "this is not going to be my thing." Judging only the book by its cover Trevor Hall is a shirtless, tattooed, blond guy who touts spirituality as a major source of inspiration. No, I'm not a spirituality hater it just usually doesn't show up in my music.

What I realized after listening to the album beginning to end was that I can totally dig some spirituality in my music. Once I gave Hall’s music a listen all my preconceived notions melted away. It's got a reggae flavor and definitely has an island feel. I would describe it as great chill music. To a certain extent I get a little Jason Mraz from Trevor. And of course, I also thought of Bob Marley.

To say I was shocked at how much I liked this album is an understatement. I did find myself identifying with much of his music. My favorite song on the album is track 4, "The Lime Tree," which features Colbie Caillat. The song has one of the coolest harmonies I've heard in a long time.

I also loved the song "House" which seems to tell a story of an ancient house. It makes me think of those Japanese water color paintings that tell mystic stories past down for centuries. Another of my favorites is the bonus track "Unity," featuring Matisyahu. Of all the songs on the CD this one makes me think of Bob Marley the most. The message is sweet and gives you hope that someday the world might be a happier place.

Why was I worried that an artist who's spiritual would be too "out there" for me? I don't know. But I'm not going to worry about it again. I love this album. It won't be leaving my car stereo for a while. Overall, the music is absolutely relaxing. Sure, you'd probably get something out of his lyrics if you've traveled to mystic places. You might be inspired spiritually. Or you could just enjoy it for what it is, really good chill music.