Number Seven

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
If it ain't broke, Will Hoge ain't gonna fix it. Number Seven takes most of its cues from the six albums before it, pairing grizzled country-rockers with the occasional world-weary ballad. In an effort to turn over at least one new leaf, Hoge tackles bigger issues than his love life on a handful of tracks, imagining himself as an immigrant under arrest for crossing "The Illegal Line," and a down-in-the-dumps homeless man reflecting upon his broken "American Dream." Most of the time, though, the lyrics trace his own history as a troubadour of the American bar circuit, meaning there are a lot of faithless women, beer drinking, and highway driving throughout these 11 songs. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
If it ain't broke, Will Hoge ain't gonna fix it. Number Seven takes most of its cues from the six albums before it, pairing grizzled country-rockers with the occasional world-weary ballad. In an effort to turn over at least one new leaf, Hoge tackles bigger issues than his love life on a handful of tracks, imagining himself as an immigrant under arrest for crossing "The Illegal Line," and a down-in-the-dumps homeless man reflecting upon his broken "American Dream." Most of the time, though, the lyrics trace his own history as a troubadour of the American bar circuit, meaning there are a lot of faithless women, beer drinking, and highway driving throughout these 11 songs. The most convincing part of the package is Hoge's voice --- a white-soul baritone with enough husk and grit to warrant the blues clich├ęs that occasionally surface in his melodies --- and his band provides appropriate backdrops throughout, texturing the rock songs with layered Telecaster guitars and polishing the ballads with smooth pedal steel. Those who criticize heartland rockers like Bruce Springsteen for being too overzealous will have similar complaints about Number Seven, which is anthemic in the same sort of chest-thumping, roadworn way, but these songs hold their own against some of Hoge's best work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2011
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431111624
  • Catalog Number: 11116
  • Sales rank: 58,151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fool's Gonna Fly (3:17)
  2. 2 Too Old To Die Young (2:57)
  3. 3 Goddam California (3:18)
  4. 4 American Dream (4:18)
  5. 5 Gone (3:02)
  6. 6 The Illegal Line (3:55)
  7. 7 Silver Chain (3:09)
  8. 8 Nothing To Lose (2:32)
  9. 9 No Man's Land (3:09)
  10. 10 Trying To Be a Man (3:59)
  11. 11 When I Get My Wings (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Will Hoge Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Vibes, Hammond B3
Bucky Baxter Pedal Steel Guitar
Charlie Brocco Vocals
Pat Buchanan Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ken Coomer Drums
Vince Gill Guest Appearance
Kenny Greenberg Guitar
Jim Horn Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Vaughan Guitar
David Wakefield Vocals
Keith Gattis Electric Guitar
John Lancaster Piano, Hammond B3
Tom Bukovac Guitar
Jonathan Hamby Piano
Carl Broemel Guitar
Ben Sesar Drums
Adam Beard Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Sarah Buxton Background Vocals
Scott Ducaj Trumpet
Jenny Talia Vocals
Sigurdur Birkis Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Timpani
Devin Malone Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Adam Ollendorff Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
Brady Beard Vocals
Ian Fitchuck Piano
Kaydee Joyce Vocals
Kirstin Jacobsen Vocals
Danni Bocker Vocals
Brittant Wesemann Vocals
Andrew Petroff Vocals
Technical Credits
Charlie Brocco Engineer
Will Hoge Composer, Producer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Paul Moak Composer
Adam Beard Engineer
Jedd Hughes Composer
Dylan Altman Composer
Andy Baggett Graphic Design
Sigurdur Birkis Engineer
Eric Paslay Composer
Matt Rausch Engineer
Luellyn Latocki Hensley Art Direction
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