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On Zoe's American debut, her fusion of rock, folk, country, and blues is given a polished alternative rock production, which is both a blessing and a curse. Although the sound gives her diffuse, eclectic influences some cohesion, it tends to make her sound like another faceless entry in the alternative female singer/songwriter sweepstakes. However, her songwriting is strong enough to break through that gloss every once in a while. Nevertheless, Hammer is an album that merely suggests Zoe's potential and while that can be intriguing, it is ultimately frustrating.

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