Blending technology with organic rock, Hello, the 1995 debut by the well-traveled singer/songwriter Poe is a striking record that manages to groove and feed the head with well-written observations. Working with a myriad of co-writers, producers (including Dave Jerden of Alice in Chains fame), and musicians (including ex-Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum), Hello could have been an unfocused mess. However, that is not the case; the album has a definite cohesiveness. The title track leads things off with a hypnotic, ambient pop vibe as Poe attempts to communicate with someone who will not be reached. At the other end of the spectrum is the following cut, "Trigger Happy Jack." Over grinding guitars, Poe again expresses an inability to communicate with someone and the chorus is immediately memorable. Maybe a little schizophrenic musically, Hello is an enjoyable romp where practically each track is a surprise waiting to be found.
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Performance CreditsPoe Primary Artist,Vocals
Matt Sorum Drums
Tony Wilson Guitar
Alex Blanc Guitar
Eric Garcia Guitar,Keyboards
Cameron Stone Cello
Amp Fiddler Keyboards
Dean Pleasants Guitar
Jeffrey Connor Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Richard Barrow Flute
Joseph "Amp" Fiddler Keyboards
Jon Brooks Drums
Technical CreditsBryan Carlstrom Engineer
Lanny Cordola Producer
Dave Jerden Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Steve Klein Engineer
Alex Blanc Composer,Engineer
Lionel Cole Programming
Eric Garcia Composer,Engineer
Cameron Stone Composer
Thomas Bricker Art Direction
Beans Barton Art Direction,Cover Photo
Jeffrey Connor Composer,Producer,Bass Programming
Richard Barrow Engineer
RJ Rice Composer
Scott Ross Management
Ronnie Estelle Composer
Sean Uberoi Kelly Composer
Jeffrey Connor Composer
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I first discovered this band opening for some other 90's band many years ago at a local club - I was blown away!! The first thing that grabbed me was the stand up bass player and then her voice just carried me away. I've recently misplaced (old roommate stole it I'm sure) the first CD, so I'm reordering it. Wonderful full voice and a great groove. I was surprised to re-listen to the CD and know it could be released as new today and feel fresh.
poe is too great to describe in words ive love them for like 4 years ive had their cd for like forever and its all i ever listen to. ive passed their songs along to my friends ,they all love it but not as much as me!! well thats what i have to say so...poe rules!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is one of those 'secret albums' - you know, the ones you keep telling your friends to buy, but they never do? The kind of album you stumble upon and find yourself unexpectedly playing over and over again... or, like me, listening to until you're face to face with the woman herself at a small club in Atlanta. 'Hello' really does have all the qualities you should look for in great music - it's complex, with Poe's idiosyncratic vocal patterns weaving hooks and harmonies that are different from what you've heard before. It's challenging, in the sense that Poe bravely refuses to commit to a single style of songwriting or subject matter. This is a cd that demands repeated listening, on headphones, to appreciate how fine it truly is. The mark of a great album, though, is the artist's ability to create their own unique mythology (think 'OK Computer' or 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea'), and this is where Poe really makes her mark. Between her extraordinary vocals and pathological lyrics, Poe carves out a story revealed not with a spotlight but via glimpses through windows. That story, Poe's mythology (i.e., the dolphins that suddenly become sinister images in the followup album, 'Haunted'), is what has turned this album into a word-of-mouth treasure.
There is just something about Poe's music that ringe true in the ears. Her music is fun, heartfelt, and beautiful. She sounds like no other artist I have ever heard of. If you like this one, definitely try her other cd, Haunted. In fact, Haunted perfectly matches a book written by Mark Z Danielewski entitled House of Leaves. Poe and Danielewski are related, and their work goes perfectly together. Anyway, check out Poe's other cd, and if you feel like reading, check out House of Leaves by Danielewski. G'day!
I heard Poe in many of my friends cars, and I absolutely loved her and her music. This was close to Christmas, so I asked any and everybody to get it for me for Christmas and now I am a proud owner of two of these CD's one for my car and one for my bedroom! I love Poe and I think everyone should get this wonderful CD!
Poe gives a great mix of up tempos and mellow tunes. My favorite, by far, is the last track, Fly Away.
poe's entire album is the BEST!!! every song has a twist and is catchy. if you enjoy different types of music, pick this one up at bn if you're strolling around town or whatever. let me tell you a bit about her songs. *hello* great hook at the beginning. once you start it, you can't change it. great from beginning to end. honestly, probably the best song on the album in my opinion. *trigger happy jack* wow! i'm impressed with this song. i love it! poe puts style to it. if you're edgy and kinda weird, this is your song. *choking the cherry* highly recommended. *that day* listen to the lyrics at the beginning. it will lead you to the amazing catch at the end. *angry johnny* next to hello, best song on the album. it's a little sad. listen to it. it pulls you into it and is beautiful even though she talks about killing somebody. *dolphin* very catchy. *another world* recommended. *fingertips* I LOVE IT! *beautiful girl* nice. *junkie* very edgy. i got tricked at the end for some reason... *fly away* one of the best songs on the album. very pretty. listen to it. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!