Heaven-Hi Hel-Lo

George Elliott

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Heaven-Hi Hel-Lo Review

by Richie Unterberger

Elliott puts out too much music, in too minimal packaging and too-small press runs, to make a big impact even on the indie scene. If one-man acts playing and singing all the parts on highly textured, quirky indie rock songs are your scene (somewhat in the manner of several acts in the cassette underground in the 1980s and 1990s), though, he's worth checking out. This CD is billed to "the re-electrified George Elliott," the re-electrification being his use of a Danelectro 12-string guitar. These really are miniatures, given that the 18 songs add up to 32-and-a-half minutes, in which Elliott flashes his facility for both reasonably engaging pop songs and instrumental mood pieces. There's a mini-symphonic feel to the arrangements, though also a playfulness to the odd combinations of whistles, folky guitar strums, electronically coated riffs, whimsical melodies, and the plaintive singing. The percussion often has a homemade box-synth feel, though. It's nothing too penetrating, but these are an entertaining and pleasant collection of diversions.

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