April 22, 2009

Hopewell - Good Good Desperation (2009)

I absolutely loved Hopewells last two albums, so I'm a bit bummed that Good Good Desperation doesn't consistently reach the same heights as Beautiful Targets. However, they seem to be going in a slightly different direction, opening up the songs, slowing some of them down, and incorporating more found sounds. Although the album is a bit of a mixed bag, the standouts still kick ass. The title track builds and crashes behind a chaotic mix of shouted lyrics, random yelps and ticking clocks, making for a epic and awesome psychedelic jam. Throughout the album tom heavy drum beats propel songs, sometimes into beautiful vocal choruses, like on "Islands", and other times into a massive guitar freakouts, like on the "Stranger". "Realms Of Gold" and "Over The Mountain" are also pretty sweet.


Mona said...

Wow, even the album art is psychedelic!