Tristan Prettyman has done a few things in her young life, amongst them modeling, surfing, and creating Jack Johnson-like songs. On her second album for Virgin Records, she adds to her catalogue with an album of interesting singer/songwriter Pop that does a good job of entertaining.
Hello…x is a clear-cut collection of songs that were crafted using the Johnson template. But even as that famed style begins to show up, Prettyman surprises with some legitimately soulful music (“Echo”), and down-home bluesy elements (“California Girl,” “You Got Me,” which is a country-blues piece more than anything and delightfully enjoyable) otherwise, the album still employs that recognizably current beach/folk music.
While the stylish blues and soul songs here are great, offsetting the Johnson-styles found in ample supply on this album, there are touches of high-grade Pop here that starts with the opener cut, the solid and noticeable “Hello.” In my estimation, one of the better tunes on this album is the melodic “War Out of Peace.” It’s folkish, poppy, thoughtful, and has nice guitar at chorus time.
This environmentally friendly album – the recording was offset using Solar Energy Certificates, equivalent to not driving 4 cars for one year or planting 5 acres of trees – is quite spare, not providing a booklet (you can download one at her website), and is housed in a digipak.