IIS? …Somewhere More Familiar

Man, I feel like I’m back in the third grade again.

The year? 1997

The band? Sister Hazel

The album? …Somewhere More Familiar.

Sister Hazel is known for their massive hit All For You and they’re known for sounding like a second rate Blues Traveler; only instead of the harmonica an acoustic guitar is used.

When I first heard All For You, I thought it was Blues Traveler; as did everyone else. The single was released on August 15, 1997 and proved to be very popular.

An aside, my mom got remarried on the day All For You debuted.

Not content with just releasing one single, SH released another off the same album: Happy.

Happy was released on December 17th, 1997

Happy did not fare well on the chart, for it peaked at #73 on the Billboard. Happy was one of those songs that you heard once and that was it.

The rest of the album is pretty inconsistent for the group. Aside from the monster single the album kind of has three things going on with it.

  1. The Hootie and the Blowfish vibe. Yeah, we just got over Darius and Co; but we needed something similar to a bar band to make us feel good. I guess Sister Hazel filled that hole, albeit not very well.
  2.  They’re trying to be like Blues Traveler. Blues Traveler is a great band. Some day BT will be showcased here on IIS? Ken Block tries to be John Popper, and he comes close, but there is only room for one John Popper (Literally and figuratively)
  3. Bro Country before Bro Country was a thing. The last track on the album: Starfish has a Zac Brown vibe to it. This song could have been released today and it would shoot to the top of the country chart

So IIS? Surprisingly, no this album is not. I recall liking All For You when it was released back in ’97. Sure, the inconsistencies are noticeable. All in all this is a decent album. Is it a 5? No, but it isn’t a 1 or lower. 3/5

Listen if you like Blues Traveler, Hootie and the Blowfish, Tonic, or other bands popular at

the time.

Sister Hazel album


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