Haley Bonar – Big Star

July 17, 2008

Twin Cities based singer-songwriter Haley Bonar takes a huge leap forward artistically with her latest album, Big Star. She retains the alt-country, folk and Americana aspects of her relaxed, easygoing sound, while adding a bit of a pop sheen to some tracks, resulting in her best, most infectious and catchy work yet. She’s always been a likable artist, but on this, her third album, Bonar really comes into her own, her songwriting having matured so that she puts her own unique stamp on a genre of music already brimming with other talent. At 31 minutes, its 11 tracks zip by all too fast, but Big Star is good stuff, and should rightfully earn her scores of new fans. Standout cuts: “Green Eyed Boy,” “Big Star,” “Something Great” and “Highway 16.”

P.S. I have no idea what to make of her expression on the cover of the album. Maybe it’s the furry hat?



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