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Fop
     

Fop

by Kristian Hoffman
 
Kristian Hoffman might be most known for his stint in the Mumps and writing material for Klaus Nomi, but his solo recordings have turned out rather more pop-oriented than some listeners might have expected from his résumé. Fop is very much a pop
ock album, in the good and slightly arty sense, for the

Overview

Kristian Hoffman might be most known for his stint in the Mumps and writing material for Klaus Nomi, but his solo recordings have turned out rather more pop-oriented than some listeners might have expected from his résumé. Fop is very much a pop
ock album, in the good and slightly arty sense, for the most part. With his high voice, stately melodic compositions, and at times, lush, classically influenced arrangements, he can't fail to often recall Brian Wilson, and at times guys with lower profiles who've been influenced by Wilson, like Eric Carmen, and (much more distantly and infrequently) Elvis Costello. It's pretty hard to match Brian Wilson, of course, and since that sensibility is nonetheless pretty unavoidable on this collection, that does mean it tends to be something for committed enthusiasts of this style, rather than something groundbreaking. It can also be a bit too sweet, and, at 74 minutes, too much at once for the less-than-fully committed. There's no denying, however, the attractiveness of the surface, especially in the production (sometimes orchestral in an unforced way not often heard in releases from the early 2010s) and the singing. Hoffman tends to be at his best on the more serious and slower songs, like the opener "Something New Is Born," than the ones that rock harder in a power pop kind of way. The music hall accents of "Imaginary Friend" and "Little Brother" add variety, but not much quality, while "Hey Little Jesus Get Out of That Hole" supplies some welcome religious irreverence, and is the most convincing, relatively hard rocker.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Kayo Stereophonics
UPC:
0020286154884
catalogNumber:
9189282

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristian Hoffman   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards
Earle Mankey   Guitar
Cheryl Norman   Strings
Andrew Sandoval   Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Joe Berardi   Drums
Kristi Callan   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Weba Garretson   Choir, Chorus
Will Bongiovanni   Electric Bass,Contrabass (Vocal),Acoustic Bass
Abby Travis   Choir, Chorus,Harmony
Probyn Gregory   Banjo,Trumpet,Horn,French Horn
Dan Joeright   Drums
Carolyn Edwards   Choir, Chorus
Stephen Oremus   Harpsichord,Soloist
Alma Fernandez   Strings
Emily Wright   Strings
Lisa Dodlinger   Strings
Prince Poppycock   Choir, Chorus,Harmony
David Bongiovanni   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Cavit Celayir-Monezis   Bassoon

Technical Credits

Earle Mankey   Engineer
Kristian Hoffman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Cover Design,Instrumentation,Booklet Design,Layout
Mark Wheaton   Engineer
Abby Travis   Engineer
Probyn Gregory   Horn Arrangements
David McDermott   Paintings
Stephen Oremus   Arranger
Gary Stewart   Executive Producer
Peter McGough   Paintings
Hallock Hoffman   Cover Photo
Nina Kiriki Hoffman   Back Cover Photo
Jeff Bruner   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Prince Poppycock   Duet

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