Boomkat Product Review:
Compiling two discs worth of rare studio outtakes plus live and session recordings, Trying Hartz is an extensive package, depicting an alternative history of Danielson's recording career, spanning a decade or so in the process. Centered upon Daniel Smith, the band is very much a family affair, with strong links to those most mutually exclusive of belief systems: alternative rock and Christianity. A listen through this double-album would do a far better job of explaining what makes Danielson tick than any kind of textual account (although the enclosed photographic evidence featuring Smith dressed as a nine-foot tall fruit tree might help too), but by means of explanation, there are some handy Rick Moody-penned liner notes, guiding you through the bizarre mish-mash of gospel and big-band indie rock that awaits you. Lots of great stuff to get through here, and Trying Hartz, unlike so many other 'rarities'-style compilations, actually serves as a rather good starting point for any interested parties looking to get acquainted with the Danielson canon.