The Stories We Are Told
311 Music Label 2020
Review by David Bowling
Heathcote Hill has just released their new album, The Stories We Are Told. The band, fronted by songwriter/guitarist Tom Nelson and vocalist Megan Porcaro Herspring produces a smooth sound that fuses pop vocals and roots lyrics into a tasty mix.
The album contains songs about people and life; many of which are rooted in their past experiences or people they have known, such as Nelson’s Aunt Mary Ellen, who became a Nun and teacher in a Catholic school. She is chronicled in “Elegy For Mary Ellen.”
The lead single, “All I Remember Is You,” is very representative of what is best about their approach. The music is catchy pop and the lyrics just slip by. Herspring’s vocal is effortless and is what sets the band apart from many of their contemporaries.
The Stories We Are Told is a modern day album of relevant pop music. It is an intelligent way to wile away some time during the pandemic.