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Manhattan-by-way-of-Boston’s Hooray For Earth are all set to release their debut album ‘True Loves’ on Memphis Industries in February 2012.

Crafted by songwriter/producer/singer Noel Heroux, ‘True Loves’ is an album of epic yet intimate songs. From the pulsing electronics and pitched down vocal samples of Realize It’s Not The Sun to The Last Post style ... Read more in Amazon's Hooray for Earth Store

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  • Vinyl (27 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • ASIN: B0064IOZLW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Realize It's Not the Sun
2. Last Minute
3. Sails
4. True Loves
5. Same
6. Hotel
7. No Love
8. Bring Us Closer Together
9. Pulling Back
10. Black Trees

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
Hooray For Earth is the brainchild of one Noel Heroux, an American
singer/writer of far more than average competence. 'True Loves' is
a collection of ten numbers which nod to sixties' psychedelia and
eighties' synth-pop in almost equal measure. Mr Heroux knows how to
spin good tunes from the ether and his dense vocal harmonies imbue
the music with a warm but rock-solid sense of texture and dynamics.

Of the compositions on offer 'Sails' impresses with its strong back
beat, jiggedy-juddery synthesiser lines and upstanding chorus; title
track 'True Loves', too, crackles with electricity and sports an
incandescent melody which got me thinking back to some of Scritti
(remember them?) Politti's finer moments; 'No Love' has greater light
and shade and sports some jolly brass accents, shape-shifting backing
vocals and deconstructed guitar decorations; the tiny 'Pulling Back',
coming in to land at just forty seconds, sounds like a bunch of Druids
up to something ambiguous but fun on a misty hilltop and final track
'Black Trees', with its martial percussion and uplifting, high-riding
vocal, brings the album to a stirring conclusion. A splendid little anthem.

If they don't dip under the radar and float off into oblivion I reckon
Hooray For Earth might just make their mark on the listening world.

Give them a chance says I.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jut2k on 16 July 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If Phil Spector had produced synth pop in the eighties, it may have sounded like this. Big choruses, plenty of reverb and clever songs. They deserve a wider audience.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gerald on 16 Mar 2012
Format: Audio CD
I found this cd a throw back to the 80's except the 80's were far superior.
This sounded like a band trying to be like "Tears for Fears".
Unfortunately it does not work.
If anyone decides they like this cd then i suggest you dig out some old Tears for Fears records/cd's and listen to a far superior sound than this. I also found the tracks short and with only 10 on the cd a bit poor for a debut release. I think this is one that will go to the back of the cupboard.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The next MGMT? 28 Jun 2011
By Simon V - Published on
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I am recommending this album to everyone I know.

Hooray for Earth's debut full-length album brings enough diversity to the table to keep most people happy, which in my opinion speaks to a subtle lack of focus. This may not serve the album well as a whole, but by unleashing their own brand of creativity, the individual tracks gain broader unique aspects. Never a bad thing. The album as a whole has a very 80's retro feel.
Examples of stand-out tracks include track #3 "Sails" and closing track "Black Trees", which is a journey on its own. As for mainstream appeal, the title track takes you on a trip through the unexplored, while still letting you look out and bask in the comforting feeling of something that is both old and friendly. All you need to do is watch the music video for "True Loves" and see for yourself. My personal preferences nudge me towards track #7 "No Love" with a mild and sincere 80's undertone that pushes all the right buttons, easily making it my favorite song. Track #8 might be the most unexpected sound, with a slightly morphed happy-toned 80's feeling and a harmony that seems to match the chorus' vocals. Like you can almost make out the words from the music alone. Very rare nowadays, especially within this genre.
Noel Heroux has an excellent voice that evokes harmony and nostalgia, though possibly limited by a comfort zone.
Influences are hard to pinpoint, but I would have to say Depeche Mode and some Yeasayer. Overall they provide a synth-heavy yet instrumentally toned down indie sound with deep roots in the 80's and early 90's. When I first heard "True Loves" I thought for a second I was listening to the new MGMT, and maybe it just speaks to a feeling of disappointment in their second album. It probably is an unfair comparison. I apologize for the misleading title.
I expect to see this group evolve, and hopefully gain some notoriety.

I absolutely love this album so excuse me while I go listen to it again :)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hooray for Big Surprises! 2 Aug 2011
By Music Lover - Published on
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This album is definitely a "Buy It"! The band has a way to really open up their songs and make the feel so big and epic. I am in love with Black Trees right now. Just saw them live in Raleigh, NC and they were Album quality live. It was simply awesome. Hope to catch them again on their tour in September.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Hooray for Earth - True Loves (updated) 7 Sep 2011
By M. C. Arnold - Published on
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After a couple of months with the album, it's almost a grade A album for me. And, thinking of it that way, that's at least 90%, or more than 4.5/5... since we might as well round, I bumped this up from 4/5 to 5/5. It's not a perfect album, but it's just too good to keep down!

"Realize it's not the sun... realize I'm on your side (it's the sun, it's the sun)"

This is by no means a perfect album, however it shows what I see as a lot of promise and has some very high points. I'll base this review with some element of expecting that the average reader will be previewing the tracks, so... track by track, out of 5 stars (keeping in mind that I don't give many 5/5 lest I dilute the value of such a score and/or devalue the other scores with such use of hyperbole):
1. Realize it's Not the Sun (4/5): great intro to the album and actually one of the better songs on the album. Actually, for an intro, it's hard to ask for much more. The preview gives a pretty good representation of it.
2. Last Minute (3.5/5): a bit driving and flows well from the previous track. It's a good track but not the best. Although the ending in itself wouldn't be so bad if attached to another song, the fact that I find it eerily reminiscent of Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" just makes me think it doesn't fit so well. The preview on this one is a good representation as well.
3. Sails(3.5/5): starts out ok and ends even better. Of course the "starts out ok" part of that comment is exactly what you hear in the preview so you don't really get to experience with that why this is such a good song. I guess it's just the "this violation, somehow doesn't matter so much" that makes this so good.
4. True Loves (4.5/5): I'll admit that at first I was absolutely (and, in hindsight, disturbingly) ambivalent to the title track. However, time has taught me that this may very well be the best track on the album; on that note, the preview does it absolutely no justice. Since you CAN find the video for this, I'd suggest you DO. (although, on that note, you can listen to the entire album in a free and legal manner elsewhere, so that'd probably be a good option, too).
5. Same (3/5): this is the real first flashback to the 80s on the album. It's a pretty good track and, despite the fact that I've already once had to listen to it on repeat as a result of it being stuck in my head, it's not the best on the album. Check out the preview to get a pretty good feel for the song (and to reminisce about the 80s, of course).
6. Hotel (4/5): the biggest flaw to this song is that it starts out much weaker than it really is. The silver lining on that is, of course, that it allows it to really build into something great (as opposed to just throwing all of it in your face from the get go). This song has an interesting hollow/airy/tinny sound to it (which, in hindsight might explain some of the Surfer Blood comparisons? maybe? still thin comparisons though), but it actually works very well. The preview of this song, unfortunately, doesn't do the full track justice.
7. No Love (5/5): ahh, and the second flashback to the 80s on the album (this one would be late 80s, early 90s). Despite the title track's best efforts to take a place in my mind as the best track, "No Love" has from the first listen remained my favorite track on this album! Sure, musically speaking it's for somewhat shallow reasons, namely catchy hooks. However... those hooks sure are catchy! :) And, yes, I mean hookS in the plural form. You get to listen to the first one in the preview but they cut out the second one. The one small complaint I have is the structure of the song resulting in the catchy parts being bunched together, but that's nitpicking. This really IS a great song and... well, now I feel a need to listen to it!
8. Bring Us Closer Together (1/5): the third flashback to the 80s, but not in a good way. As much as I like the album, I really dislike this song. "Hate" is a word I don't like to throw around, so I won't say I hate it. But, it's a strong dislike. The melody in it sounds almost directly from something from my childhood (i.e. the 80s) that I can't quite place my finger on. Honestly, it sounds like the theme song to an 80s buddy movie. The worst part about the preview is that you hear none of what I'm referring to in it; that preview highlights the ONE good part of the song. Ah, if only this was a loop of those 30 seconds I wouldn't have to skip it...
9. Pulling Back (n/a): if the 40 second duration on it didn't give the clue to the obvious, then I'll just state it. This is a transition/filler track. As long as I'm skipping "Bring Us Closer Together," this one gets skipped, too.
10. Black Trees (3.5/5): it's quite repetitive ("over and up, until I'm under an exit sign" or something like that) but Hooray for Earth does a good job of flirting with being too repetitive while not actually being too repetitive. And, because of that, this actually makes for very good ending track to tie up the album.

In all, I think the best indicator of the quality of this album is something I hinted at early. At the time I'm writing this review, Hooray for Earth allows you to listen to the whole album for free (thanks to that good ol' 'my space' thing); that may change, but for now that's the case. Despite that I could save my money on the album and just freeload, I'm completely satisfied with the fact that I bought it. Not only that, I'm very happy I did and think anyone who likes good music and who can appreciate the sound should, too! I don't think this will go down as one of my all time favorites, but that doesn't mean this isn't a very good effort. And, hey, I'm already looking forward to what might be coming from them next! ^_^

p.s. as a preemptive measure: the lyrics I've quoted may be off. I got the mp3 download and didn't get a digital booklet with it. So, without that and with a search for the lyrics coming up all but empty... I can't be certain of what they're saying all the time!
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