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Hopeless Cases Import

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Recognized in America for the 1987 modern rock radio curio 'Hope Road', Anne Clark's contributions to the alternative genre are often ignored; or perhaps she's too obscure to receive the proper credit. Clark made her debut in 1982 with the album the Sitting Room. A poetic songwriter and gifted pianist, Clark gained a devout legion of fans during the '80s, although commercial success was never within reach. Because of her experiments with both dance music and more elaborate orchestral pieces, Clark won the approval of club denizens and indie purists. However, 'Hope Road' was the closest she came to a pop hit. This is the Import pressing of her 1987 album. Features the original 10 tracks. Long deleted in the US. EMI. 2005.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 15, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000025JTR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
From the first moment I set eye on the cover, I assumed that there must be some hidden drive in this album. Clark's apparent hopeless frailty and wanderlust in that picture are deceitful enough to prevent the less wary from a second glance at this piece. However, as time and her further works have shown us, these notions couldn't be less accurate - Clark pours forth a coherent, solid concept which, when properly absorbed by the listener, will cause an upwelling of emotions ranging from empathy and dark humor(Armchair Theatre) to outright tribal frenzy (Homecoming). Technically, the only inch of blame one can eventually find concerns the track order, which could deliver a more savory finale. This is a piece to listen to as a whole (or else buy the Homecoming EP) but one you can notice that was first released in vinyl and which kept the original track arrangement, losing a bit of drive on the early side-A-to-B passage. All in all, still one of my top 100.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Irons on November 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is hard to describe to someone who has never heard it before, however I would start with saying that it is basically early 80s electro/synth music with anne clark singing peotry like lyrics over the top. This may sound a strange mix, but listen to "homecoming" and I am sure you will agree that is works very well together. Similar in style to early 80s Depeche Mode or Front 242 musically, but with female talked vocals. Other top tracks are "Up" , "Now" and "Leaving". Worth a listen if you like 80s minimalist electro/synthpop.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
1.Poem Without Words I
2.The Third Meeting
3.Homecoming
4.Up
5.Cane Hill
6.This Be The Verse
7.Now
8.Hope Road
9.Armchair Theatre
10.Leaving
11.Poem Without Word II
12.Journey By Night
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for what anyone wants to say in some hyper-critical way, her best material is great for fans of 80s new wave/electro, I'm thinking for kate bush fans, as her stuff gets pretty whimsical as well. much needed for "real music people", that need the perfect collection, her cool spoken word over the electronics are just great, and everyone will be like what and who is this? cause it just sounds so different.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sheshetta on August 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It is so difficult to get ahold of "Hope Road", that many avid Anne Clark fans are frustrated. Luckily, there have been so many searches on Amazon, including mine, that she is now included. I have not heard all of this album, but am buying it for "Hope Road". I have an EP of "Hope Road", that I purchased, in England. It is 36 minutes long. It is so good. Unfortunately, I have no equipment set up from which I can record it on disc. Hope Road" is the quintessential "Spoken Word Song" of the 80's. There were other artists who incorporated spoken word (poetry) into their music; for example, Fred Wilhelm's "Beneath You". I am indeed grateful to be getting "Hopeless Cases", which includes the short version of "Hope Road". Thanks, Amazon.
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