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Hope St CD


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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B003M3UKC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stray Cat
2. That Old Song
3. I Don't Know
4. Waking Up Sideways
5. The Lost
6. Take Another Ride
7. Oh My God
8. La Revenge
9. The Traveller
10. Hope St.
11. Secret Tells A Lie
12. The Betrayal

Product Description

BBC Review

With a name inspired by the 1969 film Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, and a sound that borrows heavily from Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Band and the Grateful Dead, it’s fairly safe to say that this isn’t your average Glaswegian band. They take their cues from across the pond, and the past.

But thanks to the likes of Fleet Foxes and Mumford & Sons, that’s the fashionable attitude right now. And if you want to be taken seriously as a band these days, you must all wear thick, tawdry beards. Kassidy duly oblige, flooding their entire aesthetic with Americana, and drenching their music in sun-kissed harmonies. This is a band of multiple singers, all "ooh"ing and "aah"ing over the top of acoustic guitar twangs.

Each song bounces along, buoyed by slick, simple melodies and a spirit of fun. It’s an album of worship, Kassidy paying homage to their heroes and enjoying every minute of it. When opener Stray Cat bursts into life and starts bobbing along merrily, you can’t help but be hauled into Kassidy’s world – it’s like they’re welcoming you at the door, thrusting a beer into your hand and inviting you to join the party. You’d have to be damned miserable to turn around and leave.

And foolish, too, because the quality of this pop rarely dips: Hope St is packed with joyous choruses that worm their way into your memory, with I Don’t Know and La Revenge proving particularly hard to shift.

But beyond these catchy choruses, the niggle remains that this is a disingenuous record, with a huge disconnect between the music that inspired it and modern-day Britain. What is it trying to say? Is it trying to say anything at all? Hope St, you realise, is an album of escapism and nostalgia that offers no real commentary or artistic originality – it is, essentially, a pop record to stick on and sing along to. If that was Kassidy’s aim, to have fun and make people dance, they’ve undoubtedly succeeded. But don’t come looking here for anything more profound than that.

--Mike Haydock

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pebble1989 on 14 Aug 2011
Format: Audio CD
Watched these guys on TV at T in the Park and came straight to amazon to buy their album. It's absolutely amazing, and as they themselves have said, there's a song on there for everyone! You'll like at least a few of the songs. I personally love the whole album, I couldn't stop listening to it for weeks after I had bought it. It has fast become a favourite. Check them out before you buy! Not only do they produce fantastic music, they're also a down to earth bunch of lads. 5*Hope St.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Boote on 22 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
There's nothing too orginal in the sound or style of Kassidy - lots of 60's retro sounds influenced by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and other bands of that era...but don't let that put you off because they have the knack of writing some 'killer' tunes that get inside your head. As someone with very ecletic musical tastes From AC/DC to Neil Young and pretty much everything in between, I have say this is a great first album. Having seen them live a couple of times I'd recommend getting to see them if they come to a town near you.
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By j g watson on 7 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD
I saw these guys live in Aviemore in May 11. This was totally by chance as had heard there was some live music in a pub nearby. They were amazingly good. Every song they did was awesome. They did some covers too which were brilliant. They are a band to watch for the future. I bought the album afterwards and i find it uplifting, fun and reminds me of a great weekend in Aviemore
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By K. D. Evans on 5 Jan 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There is not a bad track on this album - try it!! Favourites include The Betrayal, That Old Song,and I Don't Know. Good rock beats and catchy tunes! Long may they last.
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I have seen Kassidy live half a dozen times and they keep getting better and better..... which is incredible as I was hooked from gig 1! Every song on this album is fantastic. A talanted group of guys from Glasgow who will make the big time, USA will love you as much as us Scots!....roll on the next album xHope St
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Kassidy - singers/ guitarists Barrie James O'Neill, Chris Potter, Hamish Fingland and Lewis Andrew - seem to have come out of nowhere and caught people unawares with just how strong a debut Hope St. is.

But then Kassidy are a relatively new and young (all in their early 20s) band, formed in Glasgow at the end of 2009 around a mutual love for classic vocal harmony and acoustic guitars.

The band released three well received EP's in 2010 before working on an album.

Kassidy and Hope St. hark back to the days of classic Americana and heavy acoustic folk, with vocal harmonies to the fore.
On this debut release their sound is augmented by drums, electric guitar, some keyboards and a string arrangement or two, but at the core of the album are the vocals, harmonies and ringing acoustic guitars of the foursome.

The album opens with the catchy `Stray Cat' before `That Old Song' creates what could be a four minute soundtrack to any old Wild West story you care to mention.
`I Don't Know' is infectious sing-a-long; `Waking Up Sideways' slows the pace before `The Lost' ups the fast-strumming acoustic tempo again.

And so it continues for twelve songs, classic and quality throwback Americana but set in the modern musical world. Part sixties vocal-guitar folk, part alternative rock. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young meet the Kings of Leon.

What makes Hope St. all the more remarkable is initial recordings with producer Jim Abiss created something the boys didn't feel represented them as a band.
Scrapping the album (retaining only the alternative rock of `The Betrayal' from the original recordings) they worked with Thomas McNeice (who the band refers to as a fifth member) who knew exactly what was needed.
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By RockchickMaz on 23 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Lovely first album from Scottish band Kassidy, absolutely packed with gorgeous melodies and sumptuous harmonies. Their music has touches of the Deep South sound and a folky-rock vibe, with acoustic guitars in abundance. Highlights for me include 'I Don't Know' and the single release 'Waking Up Sideways'.
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