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Hope for the Hopeless [Brett Dennen] [803020142527]

  • 1. San Francisco
    2. Make You Crazy
    3. Heaven
    4. Closer to You
    5. Wrong About Me
    6. So Far from Me
    7. When She's Gone
    8. World Keeps Turning
    9. Who Do You Think You Are?
    10. Follow Your Heart
    11. Ain't Gonna Lose You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1425

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Alagia; John Alagia
    EngineerBrian Conrad; Brian Scheuble; Brian Scheuble

    Personnel: Brett Dennen (vocals, guitar); John Alagia (guitar, piano, background vocals); Mark Goldenberg (guitar); Zac Rae (ukulele, keyboards); Sean Hurley (bass instrument); Joey Waronker (drums, drum, percussion); Femi Kuti, Tom Freund, Missy Higgins (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: John Alagia; Brian Scheuble.
    Recording information: Downtown Music Studios, NY; The Village Recorder, Los Angeles, CA.
    Illustrator: Wayne Brezinka.
    If Ron Sexsmith had grown up listening to Paul Simon's GRACELAND, he might not sound dissimilar to Brett Dennen, who blends carefully constructed, poetic lyrics with sunny, funk/African-inflected grooves (Femi Kuti even turns up on one track). His third album finds him moving further into that groove, leaving a little of his former wordiness behind, and striking a nice balance between intellect and from-the-gut locomotion.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.130) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Make You Crazy' is a jubilant rave-up with Femi Kuti on vocals, while the quiet ballad 'So Far From Me' is perfect for a dorm-room make-out."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.71) - "His clear, melodic voice and easy-like-Sunday-morning compositions are both benign and comforting." -- Grade: B+
    Paste (magazine) (p.57) - "For those still enthralled by the lyrical twists and midtempo folk-rocking of 1972, this record will be manna from heaven."
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