Trevor Hall's 2011 release, Everything Everytime Everywhere, saw the South Carolina-based songwriter moving away from the reggae-heavy, acoustic roots sound of his earlier albums in favor of a more eclectic summertime pop mix. In the years that followed, Hall saw himself slowing down, and he eventually decided to take a sabbatical from music. His fifth album, 2014's Chapter of the Forest, bears the results of that personal break with a set of thoughtful, meditative songs that strip down his sound to a core of gentle acoustic guitar and light percussion ornamented with sitar and other atmospherically ethnic accompaniment. His embrace of Buddhism has always produced a spiritual undertone in his music and it finally gets a more direct focus here as he lends his soulful voice to 12 new songs about life, love, hope, pain, and most of all, growth.
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AllMusic Review by Timothy Monger