Lost Riots

Lost Riots

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by Hope of the States
     
 

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Hope of the States lost one of their best friends during the recording of The Lost Riots. They could have given it all up to mourn the loss of founding guitarist James Lawrence, but their dedication to one another and to their music could not be disregarded. The majestic soundscape that is The Lost Riots honors the band'sSee more details below

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Hope of the States lost one of their best friends during the recording of The Lost Riots. They could have given it all up to mourn the loss of founding guitarist James Lawrence, but their dedication to one another and to their music could not be disregarded. The majestic soundscape that is The Lost Riots honors the band's personal bond and cherishes the memory of their late friend, but that's merely a stepping stone. Sam Herlihy's bittersweet vocal delivery during the piano-driven ballads "Don't Go to Pieces" and "Sadness on My Back" matches the heartache previously displayed by Starsailor's James Walsh. He's even a touch like Richard Ashcroft, a working-class poet in progress much like Ashcroft was during his latter years with the Verve. With their tragic loss aside, there's a lilting sense of comfort surrounding the 13-song set. Hope of the States compose a youthful, rebellious spark found in those who raise a fist against corporate establishment. The dynamic of love and loss will never rest, and it bursts with a millions fibers and a few tears as Hope of the States channel their frustration for the man versus man equation. Herlihy's heavy-hearted voice and Mike Siddell's atmospheric violin arrangements during "Enemies/Friends" immediately set the anthemic tone of The Lost Riots. Words as simple as "Come on people/keep your friends close/your enemies won't matter/in the end" makes it all seem so easy. Hope of the States encourage those people to take a stand against anything that challenges faith. It's just their sharp, yet sensitive approach that makes The Lost Riots emerge honest and true. Even the more ambitious numbers like "The Red the White the Black the Blue," a downpour of acoustic guitars, pianos, and percussion, and the old-timey jangle "George Washington" don't come off as pretentious or overly earnest. It's likely that Hope of the States are firm in questioning a bullying United States, but the songs are open-ended enough so that they could be about anything to anyone. Genuine sincerity is the key to their success, and The Lost Riots breaks apart the darkness of personal tragedy for a joyful daybreak. Herlihy softly croons "I've seen from broken people smile" at the start of "Black Dollar Bills." If that's not enough to impress you, the soaring exclamation of "Nehemiah" is promising. The double-cross of emotions holds The Lost Riots together, thus making Hope of the States' first introduction an impressionable one.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969288627
catalogNumber:
92886

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Tracks

  1. The Black Amnesias  -  Hope of the States
  2. Enemies/Friends  -  Hope of the States
  3. 66 Sleepers to Summer  -  Hope of the States
  4. Don't Go to Pieces  -  Hope of the States
  5. The Red the White the Black the Blue  -  Hope of the States
  6. Black Dollar Bills  -  Hope of the States
  7. George Washington  -  Hope of the States
  8. Me Ves y Sufres  -  Hope of the States
  9. Sadness on My Back  -  Hope of the States
  10. Nehemiah  -  Hope of the States
  11. Goodhorsehymn  -  Hope of the States
  12. 1776  -  Hope of the States

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hope of the States   Primary Artist
Helen Tunstall   Harp
Neil Martin   Strings
James Lawrence   Electric Guitar
Chris Worsey   Cello
Richard George   Violin
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Millennia Strings   Strings
Joe Auckland   Trumpet
Anthony Theaker   Synthesizer,Guitar,Stick,Pixiephone
Simon Jones   Drums,Beat Box
Samuel Herlihy   Vocals
Amy Little   Cello
OKane   Strings
Kenneth "Spider Webb" Rice   Strings

Technical Credits

Jack Clark   Engineer
Ken Thomas   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Wilson   Sound Effects,Contributor
Hope of the States   Composer
Anthony Theaker   Sound Effects
Simon Jones   Sound Effects
James Loughtry   Vocal Engineer
Type2error   Package Concept
Tim Young   Mastering

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