As with the other music he has produced, Harder to Tell reveals Roger Green's strong compositional skills, balanced in this case by an apparent fascination with a broad range of sonic atmospheres and textures, each expressing a depth of mood. This is most evident on tracks like "Hearing Into Clouds." "Another Year" could be a long-lost Daniel Lanois song, only rendered organic rather than abstract by the vocal interplay. Across the entire album, Green employs a rich palette of sounds and dynamics to create a work of impressionistic beauty, grounded in a sense of melancholy transformed into inner peace. That's not to say that the album isn't without its share of fun rockers (see: "Heroes Marching" and "John Lennon"), but its greatest strength is its evocation of inner grace born out of deep artistic exploration.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.