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The Thing That Feels

by Hannah Fury

Haunting, piano-based songs of longing and otherness.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Not Like You
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2. Love Today
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3. Meathook
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4. Of Longing
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5. Let It Show
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6. I Can't Let You In
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7. And Your Little Dog Too
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8. All Is Not Well
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9. It Was Her House That Killed Nessarose
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10. Of Longing and Otherness
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11. Sweet Heart
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12. Away
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13. The Vampire Waltz
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Hannah Fury's "Soul Poison" EP was released by MellowTraumatic Recordings in 1998. In 1999, Ms. Fury composed the score to the Robert Christopher Ohlson film "824".

"The Thing That Feels" is Ms. Fury's first full-length recording.

What they have said about Hannah Fury's "The Thing That Feels":

"Back during the Woody Allen and Mia Farrow drama of the '90s, Farrow reportedly sent Allen (and presumably, her estranged daughter) an ornate Victorian-styled Valentine, complete with lace and frills. The beautiful Valentine also included razor blades and knives in its design. Hannah Fury's work has that feel - of delicacy masking torment. Lines like "No meathook is as bad as a hook in the heart," or "Don't speak / Don't support / Just quietly abhor me" hide in darkly romantic melodies, verbal razor blades...The piano chords ripple and circle back on each other; the phrasing is deliberate, her vocals soft. Fury is theatrical, but not histrionic. She works in charcoal tones and daguerreotype tints.

Five of Thing's songs are based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Fury takes on the psyche and voice of the green-skinned sorceress. These are songs of quiet madness and gentle obsession; like Maguire's novel, these songs suggest that the witch's crimes were based on insanity and loss of faith rather than evil. "I follow her [Dorothy] down the Yellow Brick Road / Chasing her now, for revenge, I suppose / She causes destruction wherever she goes" is one lyric. "And Your Little Dog Too" sounds particularly unsettling, with Fury's lightly processed voice creepily admonishing a child to surrender the Ruby Slippers.

Her love songs are like Farrow's twisted valentines; unrequited love and regret. Fury is an idealist in a cynic's clothing. "Away" appropriately moves away from the theme of romantic obsession; it's a lament for the late Jeff Buckley that weaves imagery of angels and muddy rivers into a song of transcendence. The closing song, "The Vampire Waltz," uses the scenario of a woman becoming a vampire as a metaphor for romantic ennui and disappointment.

The Thing That Feels is a rich, complex album in spite of its sparseness - one song is augmented by a bass, the other a cello. Beauty and darkness reside together, often illuminated by the spark of caustic wit."

- Craig L. Gidney (Ethereality, spoonfed:amerika)

"...Hannah Fury's minimal approach creates an elegant atmosphere of melancholy and Victorian beauty ... The Thing That Feels is a truly enchanting experience."
(Rating: 5 out of 5)

- Octavia (Outburn)

"...she pares her sound down to piano and voice, adding color by overdubbing ethereal cries and whispers, haunting the songs like a ghost ... She's more interested in direct communication than poetic wordplay, stripping her lyrics down to their emotional essence ... The narrator of "Not Like You" (a song inspired by the Marvel Comics character Man-Thing) wraps loneliness around himself like a comforting cloak, while the singer of "Away" finds hope even in death. In a five-song set based on Wicked, Gregory Maguire's tragicomic retelling of the Wizard of Oz story from the Witch's point of view, the Witch accepts her fate not with melodramatic wailing but with grim resignation, calmly singing "And I thought that I had the secret to life, but I don't, do I?" Fury doesn't succumb to melancholy - the songs "Sweet Heart" and "Love Today" find inspiration in love without being sappy, and "Meathook" encourages defiance in a one-sided relationship ... Fury knows pain can be a source of strength, and on The Thing That Feels her characters grow stronger by the minute."

- Michael Toland (Austin-American Statesman)

"...Fury's debut full-length disc (there was a 5-song EP Soul Poison in 1998) displays an artist with tremendous potential. With the exception of two cuts, Fury accompanies herself only on piano and multi-tracked backing vocals. The overall effect is haunting ... Fury's imagery is sometimes obscure, and at other times quite graphic (No meathook is as bad as a hook in the heart / A hole through the skin will not make you whole) ... The best moments on the record are the stellar two tracks that complete the album; "Away" is a love song to a drowning man and "The Vampire Waltz" a bizarre tale of seduction. Both burn with passion..."

- Tom Semioli (Amplifier)

"The Thing That Feels is utterly amazing..."

  - Neile (Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music)

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Eddie Munster

buy this cd
Anytime I play this cd for anyone they're instantly taken in by it. It's so rare for someone to walk the line between beautiful and sinister as Miss Fury does on this record. In my opinion the finest track is The Vampire Waltz, an 8 1/2 minute masterpiece that closes the cd and leaves you aching for more.
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Charlie

Hauntingly beautiful
Ok, the word "haunting" must have been used 1000 times speaking of Hannah Fury. But what else should I call her? The lyrics are dark and spooky and beautiful. Her voice is a lush whisper but she hits every note. If this is gothic, give me more. The piano sounds like the natural accompaniment for her singing. It is creepy because it is so perfect. It makes you want to wander through a dark forest at night and discover a lonesome building with flickering candles in the windows - cosy and scary at the same time.
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Mary Mary

disturbing & sweet like raspberry tea...
I have her bewitched cd.I deeply suggest it to all those people who want to have 1 hour of beautiful, sensitive but also disturbing & haunting trip. This album is a sort of unbrakeable spell an effusion of feelings, a flow of suggestive notes. Support this artist as I'm doing (from Italy), shes also a kind, sweet person.
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Mr. Harker

A fine line between genious and cliche` absurdity
Thankfully, Hannah Fury walks the genious side in The Thing That Feels. This entire album, start to finish, is amazing and unsettling. Ms. Fury may be a bit crazy, but it makes for an amazing work. Whether she's insisting that Dorothy surrender, or comparing a one-sided relationship to a meathook, she knows how to make music that says a lot in, by my opinion, a much too short amount of time!
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Shelley

Breathtakingly Spooky
I just received Hannah Fury's "The Thing that Feels" and its outstanding. The haunting sound of her style pulls you in over and over again. I can't stop listening. Every song on this cd is great. If you don't have this cd yet, get it. You're missing out on one incredible artist.
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Collected Sounds - A Guide to Women in Music

A Thing of Beauty
Richly layered piano, orchestral music along with Hannah's soft beautiful voice make this a great listen. Hannah Fury has a gift for making these songs have a gorgeous and unearthly quality. Several songs have a death theme, but they usually end hopeful, if not at least, accepting of fate. Dark and beautiful.

Her songs are sometimes inspired by popular culture, tipping her hat to films, comic book characters, books, and yes, love.

If you like exquisite, piano music ala Sarah Fimm, and death ballads (ala Nick Cave) you will love Hannah Fury.
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WoW

Amazing!
When I heard this album, it blew me away, like in the song Away of this album. Hannah's music immediatly reminded me of early Kate Bush as far as the songwriting is concerned, Tori Amos' piano playing, and the singing style of Lisa Germano. But still, Hannah's style is her own - the way she keeps you pinned to your chair, listening to her musical stories - I've not yet experienced this with any other artist. This album includes a 5 song mini-epic inspired by the book Wicked - which is an interesting take. Her voice is simply gorgeous, especially on the songs Love Today, Away and Vampire Waltz. All those people out there who are into beautiful, unique female voices in the Tori Amos/Kate Bush/Happy Rhodes spectrum, well crafted melodies and mysterious yet strong lyrics should definately order this album (plus her other EP's Soul Poison, I Can't Let You In, Subterfuge and Meathook...)
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Angelica Standley

Hauntingly Beautiful
This album is incredibly dark and beautiful. Ms.Fury's lyrics will take you to a surreal place. Her voice is so wonderful and to compare her talent to anyone elses is an injustice. This album made me want to read Gregory Maguire's book, so that I could further understand these haunting songs. I would not only buy this album, but get her EP and single while they are still available. Infact buy a couple of copies, because it is true that your friends will steal yours ;).
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