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Hope & Other Casualties

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Mark Erelli wrote "The Only Way" off his fifth solo release, Hope & Other Casualties, shortly after September 11, 2001 in response to what he saw going on around him. He then put down the ideas for the album and went on to issue two other records, The Memorial Hall Recordings and Hillbilly Pilgrim. The remaining nine songs plus the cover of Ron Sexsmith's "God Loves Everyone" on Hope & Other Casualties came in 2005, in the ten months spent by Erelli and producer Lorne Entress in a basement studio Erelli played 11 instruments, Entress seven. The finished product that came out of those sessions is a nice collection, with poignant songs that find him pleading to his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Mark Erelli wrote "The Only Way" off his fifth solo release, Hope & Other Casualties, shortly after September 11, 2001 in response to what he saw going on around him. He then put down the ideas for the album and went on to issue two other records, The Memorial Hall Recordings and Hillbilly Pilgrim. The remaining nine songs plus the cover of Ron Sexsmith's "God Loves Everyone" on Hope & Other Casualties came in 2005, in the ten months spent by Erelli and producer Lorne Entress in a basement studio Erelli played 11 instruments, Entress seven. The finished product that came out of those sessions is a nice collection, with poignant songs that find him pleading to his audience to think about others and look towards the future, questioning the behavior of modern-day America and Americans, and mourning the loss of his childhood play-spot to development. Yet Erelli doesn't come off as cynical or angry; rather, he's simply a man who wonders which way the world is headed, and who wants to do anything he can to help it, even if it just means singing of "love and truth." He has a strong, expressive voice, which ranges from a Ben Harper-like soul in "Snowed In," to a country-blues twang in the lovely "Undone." His songs are nice, too; thoughtful and melodic, optimistic even in a world filled with pessimism and jadedness. There's nothing revolutionary here: Erelli sticks pretty closely to the modern folk tradition of songwriting, but he does it well, and Hope & Other Casualties is certainly a record worth listening to.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2006
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • UPC: 701237129624
  • Catalog Number: 1296
  • Sales rank: 299,089

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here & Now (3:29)
  2. 2 Imaginary Wars (5:01)
  3. 3 Snowed In (3:39)
  4. 4 The Only Way (4:30)
  5. 5 Evening's Curtain (4:13)
  6. 6 Seeds of Peace (5:36)
  7. 7 Undone (3:39)
  8. 8 Seasons Pass (3:40)
  9. 9 Hartfordtown 1944 (5:33)
  10. 10 Passing Through (4:26)
  11. 11 God Loves Everyone (4:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Erelli Primary Artist, Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Celeste, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar, Hi String, Orchestra Bells, Guitar (Baritone)
Lorne Entress Dulcimer, Bass, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Hi String, Reed Organ, Jaw Harp
Paul Kochanski Bass
Bruce Bears Wurlitzer
Peter Mulvey Vocals
Johnny Sciascia Upright Bass
Lori McKenna Vocals
Kris Delmhorst Vocals
Shane Koss Keyboards, Drum Loop
Jeffrey Foucault Vocals
Jerry Miller Mandolin
Technical Credits
Catie Curtis Composer
Jim DeMain Mastering
Lorne Entress Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Ron Sexsmith Composer
Julie Lee Composer
Mark Erelli Composer, Producer
Meghan Dewar Art Direction
Gabriel Unger Art Direction
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