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Glory Hope Mountain

The Acorn Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Ottawa used to be a lumber town. For some reason, it got chosen as Canada's capital. Beneath the federal veneer, its rural origins linger, drenched in woodsmoke, bar-brawls and glinting saw blades. Two hours down river from Montreal, the woods get a little thicker and the air a little cleaner. It's a place where the city lights merge with constellations, and where The Acorn was ... Read more in Amazon's The Acorn Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B001LRL410
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Glory Hope Mountain is the debut UK release for Canada's The Acorn, though the band has previously released two albums in their home country . In 2006 the bands front man Rolf Klausener recorded a series of interviews with his mother, Gloria Esperanza Montoya, some of which can be heard imperceptibly in the background of "Sister Margaret" on this album. The interviews inspired a series of songs about Gloria's life, a poignant tribute from her son, which became Glory Hope Mountain. This bold musical biography chronicles Gloria's abusive childhood in Honduras and her escape to begin a new life in Canada.
So Glory Hope Mountain can be classed as a concept album but it is a palpably sincere project eschewing any pretension or gimmickry .The lyrics are understated but undeniably heartfelt and the vocals resonate with empathy and that word sincerity again.
Klausener embraces his mother's heritage and the cultural traditions of Honduras, using elaborate drumming rhythms and native chanting to put across her journey and also uses instruments like ukuleles, banjo's ,trumpets and marimbas along with piano , guitar and some subtle strings.
The end result however , is rather a mixed bag. For every delicate gradated gem like opener "Hold Your Breath" there is a meandering plodder like "Even While Your Sleeping " which may end up sending the listener off to the fluffy land of nod. "Crooked Legs" employs rambunctious percussion against a sprite like trumpet and while the spooky pedal steel and adroit banjo on the lovely "OH Napoleon " give the album some textural atmosphere it isn't sustained on tracks like "Low Gravity " or the sprightly but mundane Antenna" .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Acron 31 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
The second album proper from Ontario's The Acorn is a delicate & intelligent affair.
This band have been tarred with the brush of 'Indie Folk' up until now, but this record should break them out of that pigeon hole quite nicely. I don't know what it is about Canadian bands of recent years, maybe it's the expansive horizons of their homeland, but there is a definite tendency towards the epic in production (see Arcade Fire, Besenard Lakes et al) and `Glory Hope Mountain' is no exception. 'The Flood Pt1' especially has a scope about it that evokes wide open spaces and 'Antenna' even verges in to Ryan Adams territory.
Whilst the Fire have explored ground previously occupied by Bruce Springsteen of late, The Acorn's influences are certainly more introspective.
Lead singer / songwriter Rolf Klausener is in possession not only a beautifully emotive, quavering voice (certainly chanelling at least one Buckley), but an expert ear for a melody & choice lyric. If you're a fan of Iron & Wine and / or Bright Eyes, this is a record you should give serious consideration to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely album 22 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
Surprised there aren't more positive review about this album so I thought I'd leave one. I listen to this album regularly, I came to it late and eventually bought it after I realised I'd heard several different songs on the radio and had liked all of them, since then it's very rarely off my stereo.

The album loosely is based on the singers mother's journey from Honduras. The album is instrumentally warm and varied (they are great live as well by the way), I've read a few reviews whinging about the lyrics but I personally love the imagery of the lyrics, some are less meaningful but who cares, with lines like

"I looked up and picked out a map in the sky. No need for the nude of the moon, as I'm guided by fireflies; and they whisper prayers to my feet as I tiptoe throught gardens minding the slumber of parakeets"

are so evocative and beautiful that I'm more inclined to go with the singer on the lyrics that are less cogent, and lets face it there are much worst lyricist out there! I find them vivid enough to understand the story but sufficiently vague so they are not be purely biographical.

I'd definitely recommend buying the album, it's such a warm and loving tribute to a mothers love and struggles to achieve a better life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: may induce soporific bouts of happiness 19 Nov 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was sent this album to listen to last week and I must admit it has been a genuine surprise.

There is a warmth and resonance to the vocals - which I find to be very similar to those of Rufus Wainwright (in his quieter moments) - which keep me engaged.

Following around five, six complete listens, I can say that Im not too intimate with the context of the lyrics and can only hope that the songs are not about really dark subject matters... otherwise I will feel guilty for luxuriating in the sound and timbre of the piece as a whole.

I would recommend this to people that enjoy Bon Iver, early Iron and Wine, Smog, Elliott Smith (sic) and maybe Bonnie Prince Billy.
Also if you enjoy things from the 70's like Jackson Brown, Joni Mitchell and the like you may want to give this album an audience.
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