Mike Hale made a name for himself in Gunmoll and In The Red (whose second album came out a couple of months ago). Both of those acts were loud fire-breathing monsters while “Lives Like Mine” is more like a small hummingbird. This time around it’s just him and an acoustic guitar. And the occasional piano. And Allyson Seconds doing an amazing job with the vocal harmonies.
Opening track “Lives Like Mine” and “When She Loved Me” simply floored me. All of the songs have an incredibly intimate feel about them and with Hale’s heart-on-his-sleeve lyrics, it’s hard not to be moved by them. It’s beautifully depressing and depressingly beautiful at the same time and if you go to http://liveslikemine.suburbanhomerecords.com now you can download the whole thing for free.