KING HANNAH – ” I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me ” Best Albums Of 2022

Posted: July 14, 2022 in MUSIC

“I thank God the day we met in the gross bar,” Hannah Merrick sings on “It’s Me and You, Kid,” the closing track on Liverpool duo King Hannah‘s excellent debut album. It’s a track that also serves as their origin story, detailing Merrick and guitarist Charlie Whittle’s first meeting, when they both worked as bartenders by night at the same watering hole. “It’s Me and You, Kid” is King Hannah in a nutshell: darkly sarcastic but utterly sincere, a great eye for details, and an even better ear for mood and atmosphere. “I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me” is absolutely swimming in atmosphere, the kind that evokes if not a gross bar than a dingy club, probably near closing time, and definitely well past when you should be out. Whittle’s guitarwork is responsible for a lot of that. It hangs in the air like cigarette smoke on the songs, pure texture at times. You can almost smell it.

Merrick’s vocals are similarly smouldering and cool, all perfect for the bluesy music they make that usually stays at a low simmer but occasionally rips open into a rolling boil. Like 2019’s “Tell Me Your Mind and I’ll Tell You Mine” mini-LP, this is quiet music meant to be played loud, better to hear all the deft little touches. The devil is in the details and “I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me” is sinful as it gets.

City Slang Records released February 25th, 2022

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