Inspired mainly by the world-inflected folk groove of Paul Simon, Hayman Hartman, comprised of Keith Hayman and Jon Hartman, plays minimal folk tunes driven by gently repetitive acoustic guitar on Day in Day Out. It's hard to believe that these musicians intend to be as serious as their delivery. Just check the lyrics on "Allison": "This is too good to be true so it must be a matter of when/She was hiding the boyfriend...who wears sweaters of cardigan/Where is this cardigan boy, I guess things are on the rocks/Our tension was itching like a case of chicken pox," and later, "In mind you're stored away in a mental rolodex/While I'm lost in my dreams of us having sex." In the hands of Don Lennon, Weezer, or Ween, this would be hilarious, but Hayman Hartman comes off as unintentionally funny -- especially the way the Ts are enunciated in "sweat-ter" and "bet-ter." This isn't to say that they aren't talented guitar players -- they are, and the ringing guitars and choir harmonies are pleasant -- but most listeners are unlikely to "get" Hayman Hartman.
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AllMusic Review by Charles Spano