John Michael Hersey – Personnel Belongings
With a lazy Sunday afternoon playfulness to it is John Michael Hersey’s thoughtful singer-songwriter sound of “Personnel Belongings”. Showing off an impressive knack for storytelling the songs unfurl in a clever concise way. Throughout the album, John Michael Hersey taps into feelings of yearning, relationships, and simply trying to get through life in whatever way possible. Sonically the songs draw from a wide variety of styles, going all the way from pop to blues to folk with everything else in between.
Opening the album up with true style is the mellowed atmosphere of “Get Through”. Easily the highlight of the album, the song feels like a long lost 70s AM pop hit. Sunny and shimmering the song has a comforting, soothing feeling to it. With a swinging style is the western twang of “Gig in The Street”. Slowing things down quite a bit is the reflective “When it Rains”. Downright infectious is the carefree work of “Hole in My Heart”. With a little bit of heat is the burning blues of “La Dolce Blues”. Carefully crafted is the hushed awed of “Lady of The Day”. Rollicking with a strong rock presence is “A Little Lovin’”. Infinitely cool with a hint of jazz is the spaciousness of “The Beaten Path”. Ending the album with an intimate spirit is the stripped down and bare sound of “Reachin’”.
Possessing a timeless, classic sound, John Michael Hersey’s “Personnel Belongings” lingers in the mind long after it is over.