Dark Hope

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
It's fitting that Renée Fleming, "the people's diva," would make an album of pop songs that feels more like a labor of love than a crossover attempt. Dark Hope is filled with songs and arrangements that wouldn't appear on a typical attempt to bring a classical vocalist into the mainstream -- witness her dark, intricate take on the Mars Volta's "With Twilight as My Guide." It should almost go without saying that Fleming's voice is just as remarkable here as it is in her usual milieu, but the album proves time and again that she is game for just about anything. Fleming learned how to sing in the more intimate, confessional style that Dark Hope's singer/songwriter and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
It's fitting that Renée Fleming, "the people's diva," would make an album of pop songs that feels more like a labor of love than a crossover attempt. Dark Hope is filled with songs and arrangements that wouldn't appear on a typical attempt to bring a classical vocalist into the mainstream -- witness her dark, intricate take on the Mars Volta's "With Twilight as My Guide." It should almost go without saying that Fleming's voice is just as remarkable here as it is in her usual milieu, but the album proves time and again that she is game for just about anything. Fleming learned how to sing in the more intimate, confessional style that Dark Hope's singer/songwriter and alternative rock fare requires just for this project; combined with her interpretive gifts, she does a masterful job of remaining true to the spirit of the original songs while offering her own twists on them. Her voice dances over the wordy, syllable-heavy lyrics of Willy Mason's "Oxygen," she brings a mature moodiness to "Stepping Stone" that was lacking in Duffy's spitfire version, and she remains connected to the intimacy in the Arcade Fire's "Intervention" even as the song swells around her. Fleming is divinely torchy on Muse's "Endlessly," a standout track along with the subtly sultry electro-folk turn on Jefferson Airplane's "Today" and the urgent yet airy reading of Death Cab for Cutie's "Soul Meets Body." Fleming deserves credit for undertaking such a bold enterprise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Decca U.S.
  • UPC: 602527362052
  • Catalog Number: 001418602
  • Sales rank: 79,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Endlessly (3:59)
  2. 2 No One's Gonna Love You (3:41)
  3. 3 Oxygen (4:15)
  4. 4 Today (3:22)
  5. 5 Intervention (4:19)
  6. 6 With Twilight As My Guide (5:33)
  7. 7 Mad World (3:53)
  8. 8 In Your Eyes (5:01)
  9. 9 Stepping Stone (3:26)
  10. 10 Soul Meets Body (3:11)
  11. 11 Hallelujah (7:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renée Fleming Primary Artist
Rusty Anderson Guitar
David Kahne Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Will Lee Bass
Shawn Pelton Drums
Wendy Sutter Cello
Nick Valensi Guitar
Dov Scheindlin Viola
William Hakim Viola
Jesse Mills Violin
Alexis Pia Gerlach Cello
Cyrus Beroukhin Violin
Amelia Ross Background Vocals
Sage Ross Background Vocals
Rachelle Fleming Background Vocals
Mike Rossi Conductor
Technical Credits
Leonard Cohen Composer
Marty Balin Composer
Peter Gabriel Composer
Paul Kantner Composer
Steve Booker Composer
Roy Hendrickson Engineer
David Kahne Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Roland Orzabal Composer
Rebecca Meek Art Direction
Ben Gibbard Composer
Matthew Bellamy Composer
Dominic Howard Composer
William Butler Composer
Jeremy Gara Composer
Willy Mason Composer
Arcade Fire Composer
Win Butler Composer
Régine Chassagne Composer
Richard Reed Parry Composer
Tim Kingsbury Composer
Alexandra Day Personal Assistant
Ryan Gilligan Pro-Tools
Creighton Barrett Composer
Cedric Bixler Composer
Benjamin Bridwell Composer
James Hampton Composer
Delcinea Lutes Personal Assistant
Christopher Wolstehholme Composer
Alec Treuhaft Management
Robert Smith Engineer
Mike Rossi Orchestration
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted August 22, 2012

    The first time I played this CD I was a little disappointed. Fo

    The first time I played this CD I was a little disappointed. For me,
    putting it in random selection selection with other CD's made me
    appreciate every note of every song. You would NEVER know this is
    Renee. It is fun to have people try to guess who is singing! However,
    her voice in this genre is absolutely fabulous. I give her so much
    credit for having the guts to try something so different. I truly could
    not describe this as a "rock album".....very hard to
    categorize exactly what it is, but give it a try....you will enjoy!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    LURED BY THE SIREN

    My apologies to Ms. Fleming for not writing this earlier. Within the first few bars you will be lured in to the recording like someone being lured by the sirens of Greece. The emotion in her voice will make you stay for ever. It is just a beautiful and enchanting piece of work that will have you falling in love with Ms. Fleming. Her voice talks to you and grabs your soul. Thank you Renee. Will you marry me?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Renee should stick to opera and the classics. If there ever was a bad crossover - this is it! The quality is off (it does sound like she's singing in a box - and she is actually.) Nothing original or redeeming from the entire set.

    I'm surprised that this opera Diva would succumb to the crossover genre - I absolutely love her Belle Canto CD and have gifted many a friend with it. I am an opera enthusiast so perhaps I'm being a bit harsh here. She sounds a bit like the black cherry voice of Cher on the first song. In my ear, Jeff Buckley is the ONLY one who should sing Hallejah. Sorry Renee, I'll keep your other operatic CDs on my top playlist, but not this one.

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    Posted June 10, 2010

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