Monday, May 9, 2011

He is We - My Forever Review and Giveaway



My fiance and I recently took a road trip to Florida with our kids and there was one CD that played on repeat for most of the trip: "My Forever" by the amazingly talented band He is We. Having received the CD for review just before leaving, I played it for everyone to see what they thought. Everyone loved it and my soon-to-be stepdaughter Kylie begged to borrow the CD after the trip.



"My Forever" is a perfect road-trip album. In fact, it's a perfect-for-anytime album...while cleaning the house, relaxing on the deck with friends over, by candlelight while snuggling up with my fiance on the couch...I could go on and on. It is, by far, one of my favorite CD's now and I never get tired of it.

I had never heard of He is We before this review but I am a huge fan now! The band was formed when music store coworkers Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly felt like outcasts and collaborated on a song ("Such a Beautiful Sound") together.

The duo's quirky songwriting gained attention when they posted their song "Pardon Me" online. When the song received thousands of hits, Rachel and Trevor were encouraged to write more, deepening their musical connection with the birth of each new song.



And their relationship with their fans was solidified when they began touring in early 2009, as the two never leave a shirt unsigned or a fan unhugged. By 2010, they wanted to have something more to give to those fans than just a few online songs so they began recording the ten tracks for their debut album with several different producers across the country. Working with so many producers created what the band feels is a sense of open-minded diversity on the record.

The final album is a delightfully eclectic collection of acoustic songs that shine with enthusiasm and passion. "Happily Ever After" is a subtle pop song that showcases Rachel's soothing voice perfectly. "Forever and Ever," is a sweet, intimate song that Rachel says is about "learning what unconditional love is." The last song, "Fall," is haunting and has a palpable ache. It's one of my favorites, and Rachel wrote it while in the hospital, watching too much "Maury" on TV and thinking, "Why in the world do girls go for douchebags?"

My most favorite (and it really is hard picking a favorite as every song is just so good) is the bonus track, which is the acoustic version of "And Run."



The album as a whole is lovely and inviting and one the whole family can listen to. "Making the album turned our little demos into exactly what we were hoping for," Rachel says. "It made our little babies grow up into beautiful young songs."

And He is We is just getting started. Expect more releases in the future from this fabulous band. As Rachel promises, "It's only going to get better."

For more info on He is We, follow these links:

Official Website
Facebook
MySpace
Twitter
iTunes


I have one copy of "My Forever" by He is We to give to one lucky reader of So a Blonde Walks Into a Review! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post sharing a "happily ever after" moment in your life.

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Deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Monday, May 16, 2011. Winner will be selected at random using Random.org. Good luck!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of "My Forever" by He is We to facilitate this review, and a free copy will be sent out to the winner as well.
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12 comments

Erin Cook said...

My happily ever moment was when I had my first child, after miscarrying the first time I was pregnant so when I had my daughter it was a joyous occassion
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susansmoaks said...

my happily ever moment was the day i met my husband, we are happily ever after
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Gale said...

One happily ever after moment was looking into the eyes of my son when he was born and not being able to look away.

Like Erin, I had miscarried my first. Now I have three.

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saturdaynightfever said...

Yesterday's dinner with family!

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EmmaPeel said...
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EmmaPeel said...

after my breakup with a boyfriend years ago who was just a user, that was a happily ever after for me

L.Jo said...

Definitely our wedding day. Just over two years later so far it's been happily ever after! :-)

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Jennifer said...

Not really entering, as your deadline was a few days ago, but I had to tell! My happily ever after moment: Abbie (my 4 yr old) and have this little thing we always do - I say "I love you so much forever" and she says the same back, or vice versa. So one day not long ago, I was driving her home from daycare and I said it to her. And she says, oh so casually, "I love you too. I always love you." Just like that! She's four. It's amazing. My heart both melted and swelled simultaneously. (Jennifer - jjsb33@aol.com - a.k.a. jennifer heister-cristofori blackshear! FB)

BlondeBlogger said...

Thanks for sharing your stories, everyone! So inspiring and heartwarming!

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