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Wild Hope

4.5 out of 5 stars 114 customer reviews

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Back in the 1990s, when Mandy Moore was still trying to outmaneuver fellow junior glamazons Britney, Jessica, and Christina up the pop charts, the best song she was able to pull from her bag of tricks was "Candy," a tune that was way more Twizzler than Starburst. Cut to 2007: Moore, a respected Hollywood actress (never mind the Diane Keaton dud Because I Said So), has made a record that reflects the artist that--against some heavy odds--she's become. Wild Hope, co-written with the cred-conferring team of Rachael Yamagata, Lori McKenna, and the Weepies, should earn her a spot on adult-alternative radio alongside format regulars Dar Williams, Sarah McLachlan, and Jonatha Brooke. Its songs, like the achy "Gardenia," sung over a gently plunked piano, aim at confession and clarity: "I'm the one who likes to make love on the floor," the chorus reminds a vacant-eyed lover. Earlier, on first single "Extraordinary," Moore pours her rich, country-rubbed, Anna Nalick-like vocals into self-scrutiny and renewal: "I was a starling, nobody's darling/Now I'm ready to be extraordinary," she sings. Talent will be Moore's ticket to the transformation she's going for--no wild hoping necessary. --Tammy La Gorce

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Extraordinary
  2. All Good Things
  3. Slummin' In Paradise
  4. Most Of Me
  5. Few Days Down
  6. Can't You Just Adore Her?
  7. Looking Foward
  8. Wild Hope
  9. Nothing That You Are
  10. Latest Mistake
  11. Ladies' Choice
  12. Gardenia

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Firm Music
  • ASIN: B000PC1QLU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I feel like I listened to a different album than the other two reviewers so far did. Mandy Moore started out with So Real, an album that even Mandy admits she didn't like. On that album, she was just another Britney clone, without as many guilty pleasures. The CD I Wanna Be With You featured the title ballad that was a departure, but the CD was pretty much the same. The self-titled album showed growth with some good hooks, but Mandy's vocal maturation wasn't complete. Coverage showed her able to tackle some classic songs. Now, on Wild Hope, Mandy has made a gem of a CD that has confident vocals and sparkling folk/pop songs. Her voice can sound higher on "Extraordinary," or lower and soulful on "Nothing That You Are" and "Few Days Down." Collaborating with acclaimed artists like The Weepies, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Lori McKenna has helped Mandy form her own sound. An album that's a bit comparable is Jewel's Spirit, but Wild Hope is a bit more classic pop than that CD. Mandy manages to create artistic songs that also have strong melodies. The melodies might not all be radio friendly, but listen enough and you will be humming the songs. "Wild Hope," really pure folk, just might be my favorite song. Mandy has really surprised me with this amazing CD!
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Some of the reviews for "Wild Hope" are ridiculously divisive and, frankly, I don't see the need for it. People should step back, take a breath, and remember that musical tastes (for both artists and listeners) change over time, and Mandy Moore is no exception. I personally love her old stuff, and it still plays regularly in my deck, but "Wild Hope" has earned it's place there, as well. Instead of comparing this offering with her older collection, it is necessary to examine it in it's own right. Many people are decrying that they expected 'more', be that lyrically, vocally, or in terms of maturation. Mandy Moore is twenty-three years old, not forty. I think "Wild Hope" speaks volumes of where she is in her life right now, and I'm grateful to be along for the ride.

The bottom line: Moore is a superior vocalist compared to most of her contemporaries and manages to make even the weakest songs shine. Her previous CDs were littered with both gems and a few clinkers. Fortunately, there are no weak songs on this album. Perhaps people are reacting to the genre or another nebulous construct, but I consider this to be very fitting with my view of who Mandy is (and BTW, I have no problems understanding her vocals - a lyric sheet is unnecessary). Every note is infused with gentle passion, her interpretation belies her years, and I find her writing interesting and provocative without being shameless or melodramatic. Standout tracks include the much-heralded 'Gardenia', 'Looking Forward to Looking Back', 'Slummin' in Paradise', and the title track. If you like Moore, you'll like this, provided you accept that she's an actual person with thoughts and opinions, and not a mindless corporate drone. This has been in my player 24/7 for almost a week and will undoubtedly stay there for the foreseeable future.
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Mandy Moore's musical career has always taken an odd trajectory. Back at the turn of the century, she was one of several teen popsters trying to make a dent on the charts and compete with Britney and Christina. The sad truth was Moore always came in fourth(yes, even behind Jessica Simpson), largely due to the fact that there was always something so earnest about her personality that betrayed the manufactured pop she was shilling(and has since disowned). And that's not to say it was all bad either--"Candy" was one of the better assembly line hits of that time, and to this day her 2001 set remains the classiest teen pop album released in the last decade(and better than anything Britney, Christina, or Jessica have released to date). Nevertheless, Moore took a drastic detour with 2003's COVERAGE, a rather ambitious set of remakes that on a whole was respectable but nothing extraordinary. WILD HOPE is a natural extension of that album, as Moore continues to release her inner singer-songwriter, this time with help from several musicians( most notably Lori McKenna and Chantal Kreviazuk). The results are more often than not fantastic, with some probably comparing it to Joni Mitchell or even Sheryl Crow, but to me more reminiscent of Jewel's last album or even her THIS WAY set. The album is nicely balanced between midtempo tracks and piano ballads(highlights include "Extraordinary", "All Good Things", "Few Days Down" and the the strangely Fleetwood Mac-sounding "Nothing That You Are"), all pulled together by John Alagia's clean production and Moore's increasingly mature vocal work. Considering Moore's previous chart success(or lack thereof), this will probably be well regarded by the press but overlooked by music buyers, which is a shame because it's one of the best things going in pop music right now.
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My heart soars... my mind is boggled! MANDY? Is this really Mandy Moore? Tell me this is not the same girl who sang "CANDY"? I am speechless. This has got to be one of the best albums of the year!! "Few Days Down" and "Wild Hope" are just breathtaking...


The TARGET version has two extra tracks you guys might want to take advantage of. Totally worth the trip... just wow.
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