Famous Last Words

Famous Last Words

by Hedley
     
 

Like the Canadian equivalent of Chris Daughtry, ex-Idol contestant Jacob Hoggard walks a fine line between rock & roll rebel and manufactured pop pinup. Famous Last Words, the singer's second album with Hedley, delivers the same kick of Hedley's innumerable pop-punk colleagues, relying on a blend ofSee more details below

Overview

Like the Canadian equivalent of Chris Daughtry, ex-Idol contestant Jacob Hoggard walks a fine line between rock & roll rebel and manufactured pop pinup. Famous Last Words, the singer's second album with Hedley, delivers the same kick of Hedley's innumerable pop-punk colleagues, relying on a blend of snot-nosed vocals and guitar muscle that evokes the likes of SR-71 and Hot Topic in the same breath. Melodies abound here, and some -- particularly the candy-coated chorus of "Hand Grenade" -- are genuinely memorable. Still, the whole production is too polished for its own good, with even the best tracks sounding more like the work of a hitmaking machine (think the Matrix in full-fledged Avril mode, or Max Martin collaborating with Fall Out Boy) than something by an actual band. Famous Last Words remains largely uninspired despite its marketable sound, as if Hoggard's only goal is to remain relentlessly commercial. With glossy production courtesy of Greig Nori (former manager for Sum 41) and lyrics that long to be scribbled in the margins of school textbooks ("You know it's never too late, get up and start again"), the album comes off as something genetically engineered to be as digestible as possible. All the usual stops are made, from heartbroken ballads delivered with tough-guy attitude to auto-tuned stabs at inspirational rockers, and Famous Last Words does sound destined for airplay as a result, proving that Jacob Hoggard knows how to stay in the spotlight better than he knows how to craft original music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2007
Label:
Universal Int'l
UPC:
0602517452329
catalogNumber:
1745232
Rank:
147614

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hedley   Primary Artist
Sal Ferreras   Percussion
Tom MacDonald   Vocals
Greig Nori   Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Dean Maher   Vocals
April White   Background Vocals
Ben Kaplan   Keyboards
Dave Genn   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Misha Rajaratnam   Vocals
Alexandra Sia   Cello
Chris Crippin   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Brian Howes   Guitar,Soloist
Ray Garraway   Drums
Jacob Hoggard   Vocals
Dave Rosin   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tommy Mac   Bass,Background Vocals
Joshua Belvedere   Violin
Bernard Kane   Viola
Latency   Vocals
Sean "Donkey" Maestri   Vocals
Gillian Mott   Violin
Elaine Shepherd   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Deviller   Composer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Sean Hosein   Composer
Tom MacDonald   Composer
Greig Nori   Composer,Producer
Dean Maher   Engineer
Dave Genn   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Alex "Condor" Aligizakis   Engineer
Garnet Armstrong   Art Direction
Ben Cook   Composer
Chris Crippin   Composer
Brian Howes   Composer
Jacob Hoggard   Composer
Dave Rosin   Composer
Sam Koop   Vocal Engineer
Steve McArdle   Illustrations

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