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“Tall and blonde, Hilary has this contralto voice that sounds like Marianne Faithfull today and delivers a punch with every note,” says ATX music blog Flanfare. Rick Alan Rice observes, York ”doesn’t sound like a Texas girl, but rather like a smoky bi-continental with a knack for writing sharp lyrics and soulful rock melodies.” York quips how she might be “a ’70s singer/songwriter stuck in the present.” The Houston Press spotlights her contemporary appeal by hailing how "Hilary York knows how to create radio-friendly tunes without pandering to the audience.” Over the course of three superb albums on her own HeyMiau Records, York has proven herself a shimmering gem in Austin’s musical treasure chest. Her 2006 debut, The Moon is aptly described as “romantic” by KUTX-FM deejay Laurie Gallardo. Her second release, In The Dark (2009), is “intimate, confessional, warm, sexy and sassy,” notes longtime Austin Chronicle reviewer Kent Benjamin. York “jumps out of the speakers,” raves The San Antonio Express-News. Hilary’s most recent album, simply and aptly titled 3, found York produced by Austin's prolific soul/funk band The Greyhounds woos the ears to the beguiling web she weaves in song.
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