The day is officially here – Hedley‘s much anticipated album Hello is FINALLY available for our listening pleasures.
I’ve been a Hedley fan for a long time now. I actually had the opportunity to listen to the album back in October at a special listening party hosted by the guys when they were in town for WE Day. No, I was not on the list as media – I attended this event as a dedicated fan along with 11 others, who all happen to be great friends of mine as well.
Now that the album is officially out, I thought it only made sense to share my review with you all. This album isn’t quite like anything we’ve ever heard from Hedley before, but at the same time, it incorporates much of those same sounds and styles that made us fall in love with them in the first place. It’s very much ‘old’ Hedley as it is ‘new’ Hedley.
In the 11 days before the release date of this album, the band released 15 second clips of each track – one per day. I’m not sure I liked this approach. Being a part of the Hedley fandom, I saw a lot of negativity and a lot of worried fans whose opinions were only based on these clips. I personally don’t think these clips gave any of the songs the justice that they deserve. I remembered absolutely loving most of the songs after having heard them at the listening party – but what can you really tell about a song in just 15 short seconds?
Overall, the album is very pop – something some Hedley fans might have a hard time adapting too. But I am fully onboard. A band can’t grow if all of their music stays consistent and sounds the same. This band in particular continuously grows and evolves with their music with each album released, constantly taking it to the next level, and taking musical paths even their ‘number one’ fans would not have expected.
Hello is an extremely upbeat and positive album. The messaging behind the title track is about the frustration that comes from not being able to communicate with each other. Yesterday on Breakfast Television, Hedley frontman Jacob Hoggard explained how these days we have so many ways to communicate, yet we can’t even pick up the phone and say “hello” to our parents. The digital world has given us a huge number of platforms to communicate in so many different ways – yet people don’t chat on the bus, or the train, or in the Tim Hortons line anymore because we are always glued to our phones. Ain’t that the truth?
The live potential in some of these songs is unreal and I am willing the bet the Hello World Tour is going to be the best one yet. These songs are using a lot of new sounds and instruments so I am excited to see how they are going to be played. Some favourites of mine are “Hello”, “Can’t Slow Down”, “Man Killer”, “I Will”, and “The Knife” – a tear jerker for sure! You can find the full track listing below:
1. Lost in Translation
4. Can’t Slow Down
5. Very First Time
6. I Will
7. Man Killer
8. Lose Control
10. Back to Basics
11. The Knife
You can download the album here: http://umc.fm/HelloDLX
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