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Famous Last Words

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
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: 11/6/2007
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602517452329
  • Catalog Number: 1745232
  • Sales rank: 171,518

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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