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Wild Life
     

Wild Life

by Hedley
 

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Five albums in and Hedley still bristle with the sound of the now. They're clearly a group who still aspire to top the charts, and Wild Life certainly bears the mark of many trends of 2013 and 2014, a sonic sensibility that balances the odd references to Charlie Sheen and other stale pop culture icons. Hedley are so trashy such dissonant

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Five albums in and Hedley still bristle with the sound of the now. They're clearly a group who still aspire to top the charts, and Wild Life certainly bears the mark of many trends of 2013 and 2014, a sonic sensibility that balances the odd references to Charlie Sheen and other stale pop culture icons. Hedley are so trashy such dissonant allusions don't strike a sour note; if one doesn't make sense, there's another right around the corner. That omnivorous, rapacious appetite is the group's saving grace, as they never have enough conviction to sound like a fraud whenever they adopt a new style. And do they ever try new sounds on Wild Life. There's a bit of Daft Punk in "Crazy for You" (as blatant a cop of "Get Lucky" as legally possible), a bit of chilly One Republic balladry ("Headphones"), and some Lumineers stomp in "Heaven in Our Headlights," plus a whole lot of sounds that lie somewhere in between. Hedley's blatant desire to have a hit by any means necessary is tawdry but endearing because there is so much gloss here, even the songs that aren't quite as potent sound alluring due to the big-budget slickness. Hedley aren't necessarily a natural band -- there's always a sense that they're trying too hard -- but the eagerness is ingratiating, particularly on an album like Wild Life where they rummage through a pop closet and try on anything in the hopes it'll make them look good.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2014
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0602537779314
catalogNumber:
001992502

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Performance Credits

Hedley   Primary Artist
Sal Ferreras   Percussion
Ben Kaplan   Keyboards
Matt Squire   Guitar,Keyboards
Chris Crippin   Drums,Background Vocals
Brian Howes   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jacob Hoggard   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Dave Rosin   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tommy Mac   Bass,Background Vocals
Jason "JVP" VanPoederooyen   Guitar,Keyboards
Nolan Sipe   Guitar
Adrian Newman   Guitar,Keyboards
BC Jean   Background Vocals
Alex Barnes   Vocals
Kate Morgan   Vocals
Madison Godfrey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ennio Morricone   Composer
Jason Darbyson   Art Direction
Ben Kaplan   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Matt Squire   Composer,Programming,Producer
Garnet Armstrong   Art Direction
Misha Rajaratnam   Programming,String Arrangements
Brian Howes   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Jacob Hoggard   Composer,Programming,Producer,Additional Production
Jason "JVP" VanPoederooyen   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Patrick Nissley   Composer
Rune Westberg   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lucas Banker   Composer
Nolan Sipe   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Adrian Newman   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
BC Jean   Composer
Ryan Peterson   Composer,Programming
Christopher Midgley   Vocal Engineer

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