- Audio CD (29 July 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Round Records
- ASIN: B00DUTVX40
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Okay, here is the scoop: They made something. Oh my matching arms and legs, did they ever make something!! Here is the best part: they made it for YOU. Who is "they" you ask?? Well, obviously "they" is the excessively sweet-smelling, ambitiously color coordinating, nonsense generating, imagination capturing, imagination releasing followed by immediate imagination recapturing, guitar noise purveying transatlantic pop/rock duo answering to the name- Hey! Hello!. Hey! Hello! is US vocalist Victoria Liedtke and UK multi-instrumentalist Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts) and they are set to release their self-titled debut album in the UK & Europe on Round Record Records on July 22nd, 2013. The ten song opus, produced by Russ Russell, is the sonic equivalent of having your stomach pumped with liquid joy and features a slew of up-tempo, pop party rockers including album opener Black Valentine , Feral Days , "How I Survived The Punk Wars" and the feel-good-hit-of-thesummer, lead single Swimwear . Ginger says: Hey! Hello! allowed me to enter the world of lyrical fiction much in the vein of Sparks, who are a massive influence on Victoria and I. Check out Victoria talking about the recording process for the album here: http://bit.ly/102xcVt The original artwork that accompanies the packaging for the album was designed by renowned artist Frank Kozik, a graphic designer who has worked with some of the biggest names in music such as Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots.
Top Customer Reviews
It's just crammed right to the top with the catchiest ear-worms, chunky riffs and cheeky lyrics that is hard to believe that this is Ginger's sixth record in a year! But he's not alone on this venture; helping him out with those sunbeams is Victoria Liedtke, who's voice perfectly compliments the Geordie Ginger one.
This deserves to be at the top of everyone's 'best of' album lists this year because I can't think of anything else that comes close.
If there's one thing Ginger can do as well as any songwriter I've heard, it's write a hook. That's what I've always loved about his songwriting, the message in his lyrics getting under your skin so much more effectively because they're wrapped around these incredibly catchy melodies. All ten of these songs are completely inundated with great hooks. Big shiny ones, at that.
There's nothing particularly technical going on with the instrumentation, but there doesn't need to be. It's solid. Ginger plays every instrument on the record, and is joined on vocals by the lovely and talented Victoria Liedtke who adds substantially to Hey! Hello!'s charm.
Highlights for me include Black Valentine, Why Can't I Be Me Without You?, I'm Gonna Kiss You Like I'm Going Away, and We're Outta Here. They're all highlights, really. The album currently sits deservedly at #1 on the UK album charts. Go geddit.
The answer is simple. Mr Ginger, you've got to cut your ear off!
Hey!Hello! is a crazy contrast to the other two albums that the campaign spawned under the band name of `Mutation', showcasing the two extremes of Ginger's talents. Whereas Mutation takes the wild excesses of Endless Nameless, chews them up into a pulp and spits them out in something horrendous and glorious all at once, Hey!Hello! is an unashamedly poptastic and beautiful album, filled with sunshine, soaring riffs and frankly spectacular hooks that will leave you begging for more.
His cohort Victoria Liedtke's vocals and harmonies blend seamlessly with the rugged, familiar tones of Ginger's voice, and nowhere is this displayed more perfectly than the album's two lead singles of Black Valentine and Swimwear. I confess, though, my particular soft spot is for Feral Days, for its here that Ginger's unique skill for crafting lyrics that cut straight to the soul really shine through. Victoria and Ginger deliver with aplomb, despite recording their vocals on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and just when you thought the Geordie rocker couldn't impress you any more, you learn he played every single instrument you hear on the album.
Upon listening to 555%, I couldn't help but fear there was nowhere for Ginger to go but down from there. Fear not. With the new lease of life and vibrancy he's found working alongside the brilliantly effervescent Victoria, Hey!Hello!'s debut album is a stellar delight that easily deserves its place amongst the best works of his career. I can only hope their debut album doesn't prove to be their last.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent pop / rock from a very very underrated songwriterPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
As much as I love the prolific amount of quality output that Ginger seems to put out these days, my one 'complaint' is that editing process can be a bit lacking, leading to... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Sumo Rabbit
Along with 555 the best of Gingers recent output. Catchy pop tunes with a punk edge.Published 24 months ago by dace
Bought for my brother. It was on his wishlist, so I asume its good?Published on 7 Oct. 2014 by The Peasun
Great album from the great GInger Wildheart and friends, can he do a bad album?Published on 13 Aug. 2014 by Mr. S. Kirk
When I first saw the CD advertised, I originally thought it was a album by one of the other members of The Wildhearts, who I have nothing against, but I do have to budget my money... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by Jimi Jac