Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts – This Is The Sound


Hell of a Day from 2015 was my introduction to Ryan Hamilton. If you add the cover of that record and the lyrics together, Hamilton seems like the nerd who hides his uncertainty by making jokes about himself. A lot has changed in recent years or I have been fooled. This Is The Sound is completely filled with Southern Flavored Arena Power Pop. Twelve songs, ten sing-alongs. And those sing-alongs are irresistible. How the nerd became a party animal. Get Down summarizes it all, as if John Mellencamp covers a Poison song. The moments of reflection are Girl vs Monster and Won’t Stop Now. I find them somewhat difficult to place among the other ten outbursts, but if you like (country) ballads, then you will enjoy these two songs.


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