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All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
Toni Childs followed up her critically acclaimed Union in 1991 with House of Hope. Once again, Childs wrote the bulk of the album with David Rickets David and David with whim she co-produced the album. Despite those facts, and despite the return of guitarist David Rhodes and drummer Rick Marotta, House of Hope fails to match the impressive standards of Childs' debut. Childs treads much of the same ground as on Union, both lyrically and musically, but too much of House of Hope feels incomplete. What the record lacks, however, is almost made up for on the tracks that do work beginning with the lead-off "I've Got to Go Now," a tale of a woman leaving an abusive relationship. ...
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All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
Toni Childs followed up her critically acclaimed Union in 1991 with House of Hope. Once again, Childs wrote the bulk of the album with David Rickets David and David with whim she co-produced the album. Despite those facts, and despite the return of guitarist David Rhodes and drummer Rick Marotta, House of Hope fails to match the impressive standards of Childs' debut. Childs treads much of the same ground as on Union, both lyrically and musically, but too much of House of Hope feels incomplete. What the record lacks, however, is almost made up for on the tracks that do work beginning with the lead-off "I've Got to Go Now," a tale of a woman leaving an abusive relationship. Childs dramatic vocals imbue the protagonist with willful, albeit fragile, resolve and a spirit that is moving. "Heaven's Gate" is a lovely ballad resembling a lullaby which chronicles a widow's longing to be reunited with her husband over a graceful soundtrack of piano and acoustic guitar. And on "The Dead Are Dancing," Los Lobos' David Hidalgo adds guitar and accordion to the ode to the disappeared dissidents of Chile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/1991
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 075021535824
  • Catalog Number: 5358

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Toni Childs Primary Artist, Vocals
Andy Summers Guitar
Tony Guerrero Horn
Jim Keltner Percussion
Brent Lewis Percussion
Reggie Burrell Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
Scott Crago Drums
Teresa DeLucio Background Vocals
Denny Fongheiser Drums
David Hidalgo Guitar, Accordion
Barbara Imhoff Harp
Rick Marotta Drums
Jill Mele Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Guitar
David Rhodes Guitar
David Ricketts Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Chas Sandford Guitar
John Philip Shenale Keyboards
Crystal Wilson Background Vocals
Penni Wilson Background Vocals
Will Donato Horn
Denny Fangheiser Drums
Tony Maynahan Horn
Jerry Jr. Watts Bass
Jeff Martin Keyboards
Technical Credits
Toni Childs Producer
Gavin MacKillop Engineer
Mark McKenna Engineer
David Ricketts Producer
John Philip Shenale Programming
Unity Horns Contributor
Tony Ricketts Producer
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