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The Wreckage [Vinyl]

Will HogeVinyl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Will Hoge has been through the wringer. Since launching his career in the late ’90s, the Nashville singer-songwriter has grinded it out on the road, touring through the dead of winter in an RV with no heat; released albums that, while critically acclaimed, didn’t result in the kind of commercial success many predicted; and even stared down an early death, surviving a wicked traffic ... Read more in Amazon's Will Hoge Store

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Product Details

  • Vinyl (August 25, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hard To Love
2. Long Gone
3. The Wreckage
4. Favorite Waste of Time
5. Even If It Breaks Your Heart
6. What Could I Do
7. Goodnight / Goodbye
8. Just Like Me
9. Highway Wings
10. Where Do We Go From Down
11. Too Late Too Soon

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Product Description

Will Hoge has made a career of writing and singing powerful songs about life s cruel and dark turns. Not long ago, he fell victim to one such turn.

As Hoge rode his scooter home from the studio, he was struck by an oncoming van that had veered into his lane. There were no skid marks. Launched off his bike, Hoge ended up bloodied, broken-boned, temporarily blinded, and near death.

[The accident] was like stopping a record as it spins, says Hoge, who had been halfway through recording material for his new record before getting derailed. It was like taking the needle and pushing it off the turntable.

For ten months, the accident sidelined Hoge. For ten months, it made him do something he hadn t done in 18 years: stop the music. Larger matters dominated his life, like physical recovery and the well-being of his family. People would say, I bet you re ready to get back to playing and writing. I m thinking, Playing or singing is not the issue right now. I m ready to get back to walking.

His previous album, Draw the Curtains, had been a unanimous high-water mark in his career, a magnificent collection of rock, country, soul, blues, and folk. With a great band, good vibes, and clear skies overhead, Hoge felt like he was building something real as a career artist.

Eight months after the incident he re-entered the studio in pursuit of that mission. He now has his health, an invigorated spirit, and a renewed sense of his musical journey. Making The Wreckage opened me up in a different way, says Hoge. I felt a calmness, a purpose. Right now it feels like I m getting to the core of what I want to do and why.

The Wreckage listens like a record with a purpose. Having stared down his own mortality, Hoge has now rediscovered the simple joys of making good music. It s hard to explain, but I felt a certain serenity making this album, he says. It doesn t come through in the songs, but the process has become easier, and I believe the songs flow with more confidence.

The new album was crafted with a depth of sound and musicality that breaks new ground for Hoge. Rugged, pulsating rock fuels Just Like Me. Spirited melody characterizes tunes like Highway Wings and Even If It Breaks Your Heart. The gruff ghosts of the barroom return on Hoge s Hard to Love, as does the searing country roots rock of Long Gone. Ballads like What Could I Do and The Wreckage are rife with the sort of brooding melancholy you d expect from a guy who has been to the edge and back. The Wreckage is one of the favorite songs I ve ever sung, Hoge admits. I couldn t have sung this physically before the accident, because my voice just wasn t suited to how quiet it is.

Even If It Breaks Your Heart, his paean to rock and roll as life s true calling, is another tune Hoge admires. The minute we started recording it, it was one of those songs that drove itself. Everyone in the room understood the sentiment. There was magic in that moment you don t get very often.

Even though half of The Wreckage was written and most of it recorded after the crash, images of the episode are only discreetly woven into the fabric of the album, like streaks of red on a dark surface. That s because Hoge would rather leave those lines, words, and phrases to interpretation.

Released one year almost to the day of his accident, The Wreckage is not, song by song, a celebration of life. The sentiments are too dark, his lyrics too biting, his voice brimming with moodiness. Risen from the ashes of Hoge s own wreckage, the recording is an incredible achievement, hands-down his best work to date. And that is as good a cause as any for real celebration.


"Will Hoge's music stirs your soul and yields a genuine truth so rarely found in today's music." -

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really beautiful surprise!! October 8, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure how, but I had managed to go for the last 31 years without ever knowing who Will Hoge was...until yesterday when I was wandering around Barnes and Noble. They were playing this whole album start to finish on the speakers in the store, and it was amazing!! I immediately wrote down the lyrics so that I could figure out who it was later. His voice was strong, and reminded me of a mix between Rob Thomas and Pete Yorn. The lyrics really caught me... My absolute favorite was song was "Favorite Waste of Time." It actually got me slightly teary eyed while in the bookstore! After hearing the rest of the album I was hooked, and can't wait to check out his other stuff!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New classic rock January 23, 2011
By Stasis
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As someone that grew up on classic rock from the '70s and '80s, and can't stand today's mainstream music, or pretty much anything that's been popular since the mid '90s, when I discovered Will Hoge's "The Wreckage", I was floored.

This album is a return to real rock. No boring, repetitive power chords, no drum machines, no screamo. Just real music, played on real instruments, written by the very same people performing it.

There's a fantastic stripped-down rock and roll sound throughout this entire album that, for me, evokes classics from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but still sounds quite unique. Styles range from the slower ballads of "The Wreckage" and "Goodnight/Goodbye", to punchy rockers "Favorite Waste of Time" and "Just Like Me", and takes you on a journey in between. If you like listening to the classic rock station, absolutely check out this album!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best kept secret January 18, 2011
By Jamie
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I heard "Even if it Breaks Your Heart" on a free sampler, and had to have the rest of the CD. That and the title track ended up being my favorite, but almost all the songs on this album are pretty solid. Check it out, you won't be disappointed! This guy definitely is not getting the attention he deserves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, passionate music June 1, 2010
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I first heard the song "even if it breaks your heart" playing in a local store on their music. I researched the words and found out who was singing. I downloaded the cd and was in love. Will Hoge has a sound that's like a combination of Tom Petty and Gary Allen. The words to the songs are passionate and heart-felt and I can't get enough. I couldn't have made a better choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very talented Songwriter January 6, 2013
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This is a great album. Great songs from a very talented song writer and performer. I don't know how Will Hoge isn't a superstar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wreckage November 13, 2012
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Will Hoge, what more can I say! It's a great album, as are all his albums!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needs to heard by the masses!!!! December 19, 2010
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I love Will Hoge, and you will too!!! Every song on the ablum is a hit! I had downloaded FREE mp3 album Ryko: Flash Of Light Sampler (Great) from amazon music, The first track was Will Hoge song even if it breaks your heart. I fell in love with the song and a went looking for his album. I want to see him in concert, hope to make it happen in 2011!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great CD with heartfelt lyrics that anyone who knows and loves Will Hoge's music will appreciate! The music on this album is better than almost anything you will hear on the radio...a must have for any Will Hoge fan!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Love this CD! Will Hoge is an excellent writer of lyrics and music. It's easy listening, not boring. His style is similar to Dylan, Springstein, and Petty on this album. Read more
Published 12 months ago by aloma Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't seem to get enough of this album, I play it over and over, and...
WHAT CAN I SAY? I am in the process of buying all of his albums after the Silverado commercial, I'm hooked on the hook in his voice after every phrase, love his artist slant on... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jason Rork
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music- inspired to buy this album by the Chevy commercial
Good music, not a huge country fan but I like this guy. It's not that "pop" country you hear so often, more traditional.
Published 14 months ago by Paul S. Bains
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
Probably his best album lyrically. Had to buy again after I misplaced my copy. A must for any fan of this style of music.
Published 19 months ago by Teresina A Curci
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Hoge is a winner
Will Hoge's music is awesome. This is my fave CD of his. I like it so much I actually use it as a gift quite often! Certainly worth a listen :) You will not be disapointed!
Published 21 months ago by Carolyn J. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid album with some standout tracks
A cd that you can listen to all the way through, but "Hard to Love" and "Goodnight/Goodbye" are really great songs. Also check out his brother, Josh Hoge.
Published on November 7, 2009 by Alex Dixon
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