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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent artist,
This review is from: Wild Hope [Us Import] (Audio CD)Mandy Moore is practically unheard of in the UK, which is a shame because from this new album she could obtain a huge fan base here.
Her songs are fresh and vibrant, a good mix of upbeat and slower numbers.
Definitely a far cry from her teenage pop years, I would recommend this cd to people of all ages.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Rustic Mandy is Pure and Offers Quality Music,
This review is from: Wild Hope [Us Import] (Audio CD)It's no doubt that Mandy Moore has grown up. Now at 23, Mandy's back in the music business with much more originality and purity. In fact, Mandy's new music is so different, it's almost unrecognizable to some. "Wild Hope," couldn't be farther from the "bubble gum-pop," style we've all heard from Mandy in past years. The album is made up of a much more rustic sound, created with stings and pianos. The country-folk sound of the album cannot be missed, especially in tracks such as, "Most of Me," and the painstaking truthful, "Nothing That You Are," (a track which is also a highlight of the album).
The juxtaposition of Mandy's true words and catchy melodies make for an album which is very likable and will have you listening meticulously straight through. Mandy's pure lyrics are also highly relatable and helps bring a, "down-to-earth" feel to the album.
With its realistic and sensible lyrics and calm melodies, the album is also filled with an outpour of real emotion. Many of the songs were written and based upon actual events and feeling. The album has a mixture of enough catchy, up-beat tracks, such as, "Slummin' in Paradise," "Looking Forward to Looking Back," and "Latest Mistake," making it easy for the listener to become addicted to the sound. However, the album's up-tempo tracks are not only its highlights. Conversely, with low-key tracks like the thought-proving, "Wild Hope," and the emotional outpour, "Gardenia," the album is completed just right.
Overall, one might say the album consist of, `all good things,' from songs about heartbreak to triumph, redemption, and hope. Mandy's new self-discoveries have helped her mature into an artist with great potential and the ability to create music with quality and dignity. Goodbye bubble-gum-pop princes, hello Mandy Moore.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of the Best Of the Year!,
This review is from: Wild Hope [Us Import] (Audio CD)As a folk-pop singer-songwriter fan of a certain age, I probably have a different viewpoint regarding this album than some other reviewers. In fact, I never paid any attention at all to Mandy Moore's CDs until I began reading favorable reviews of "Coverage" from familiar veteran critics. So I bought the album, was pleasantly surprised by Mandy's abilities as a adult-pop interpretive singer. Her latest release,"Wild Hope", not only demonstrates Moore's vocal talents, but also showcases her gifts as a songwriter. (As others have noted, she co-wrote all of the tracks on the new CD.)
Stylistically, the songs range from the pure folk-pop sound of the title track, "Wild Hope" to the 70s soft rock of "Nothing That You Are" (which is very reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac). But most of the tracks fall somewhere between these two extremes. Particularly noteworthy are "Few Days Down" and "Looking Forward to Looking Back", both of which have a strong Joni Mitchell influence in the melody and vocal line. A fine effort by Mandy, one which I would expect to appeal to fans of Norah Jones, Jewel, and Sarah McLachlan. One of the best new albums I've heard so far this year - highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a fantastic album!,
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This review is from: Wild Hope [Australian Import] (Audio CD)Mandy Moore has grown a lot since her early albums, this album was such a change and is just gorgeous. Wild Hope is quite poetic and thoughtfully written, and the vocals are fantastic. It's very folksy pop, and my fave tracks are Looking Forward to Looking Back, Few Days Down, Slummin' in Paradise, Most of Me, and Gardenia. There isn't any track that I skip.
I lost my copy during a move and was really upset, but this was worth every cent to rebuy. I don't understand why Mandy Moore isn't a bigger name, especially after doing Tangled a few years ago. Her music has so much more substance than most pop right now. I think it says a lot that she has very few reviews for this album but everyone has rated it highly!
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't describe how much I love this album,
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This review is from: Wild Hope [Australian Import] (Audio CD)I bought this a month ago. I liked her Mandy Moore album so i bought this one and im so glad i did.
I love acoustic music and i am getting kind of sick of listening to Kesha and Dj this and songs which are repetitive e.g. Baby by JB and Bass down low from Dev.
This is the kind of music i wish more people listened to and it annoys me when people say omg i hate this when they dont even listen to the artist music first.
My favourites from this album are
Most of Me
Nothing You Are
All Good Things
BUY IT YOU WONT BE SORRY!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A career best...don't hesitate to buy!,
This review is from: Wild Hope [Us Import] (Audio CD)Without wishing to lay on the praise too thickly, there is something about Wild Hope that far eclipses the majority of albums that I've ever heard. There's a complexity and beauty to the songs that I'm sure I will never get bored of it (and I've listened to it a LOT over the last 4 years!). I'm a massive fan of the female singer-songwriter and so I would call it my area of specialism if you will, but what Mandy has achieved here is something truly outstanding. Her songs tug at my heartstrings but ultimately I'm left feeling uplifted: I wouldn't call it a depressing or maudlin album.
I am in no way a fan of folk music, and I tend to get bored of excessive slow songs, but the balance on the album is good, and there are enough catchier songs to draw you in at the beginning without feeling too overwhelmed with the emotion and the melancholy of the rest. The songwriting is just stunning, so personal to Mandy and such beautiful lyrics and instrumentation. I don't imagine it will ever set the world alight, as it didn't get the publicity required for it to become a bit hit, but it is more accessible than her latest offering, Amanda Leigh, and packs a far more impressive punch than any of her previous work. Please do take a chance and buy it, I guarantee you won't be disappointed!
5.0 out of 5 stars GO GET IT NOW!!,
This review is from: Wild Hope [Us Import] (Audio CD)This is definitely one of my favourite albums by Mandy Moore. All the songs in the album grew on me like feathers on chicken. Buy it today if you liked her other albums. Trust me when I say you won't regret it ;)
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't You Just Adore Her?,
This review is from: Wild Hope [Us Import] (Audio CD)This album is truly amazing and a testament that bubble gum pop princesses can grow up with a little bit of grace and dignity when their peers are constantly papped with no underwear whilst falling out of clubs!! There is not a song on this album that people cannot relate to in some way, it is a personal collection and i think that shows in the lyrics and Moore's voice.
Highlights would include Extraordinary, Gardenia and Slummin' in Paradise but as i said, all are worth listening to. This collection not only appeals to those well aware that Moore is in fact extraordinary but also to a whole new demographic. Don't judge her based on the likes of Candy, which are indeed still classic Mandy Moore, but this is something new.
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Wild Hope [Us Import] by Mandy Moore (Audio CD - 2007)