Saturday, September 1, 2012

CD review: Someday by Susanna Hoffs

Many may remember Susanna Hoffs from her stint as a lead vocalist with the popular, all-girl band from the 80s, “The Bangles.”  She was the wide-eyed, tiny guitar player that taught us how to “Walk Like An Egyptian,” and was the sweet voiced lead singer on their hits, “Maniac Monday,” and “Eternal Flame.”

Now Hoffs has released a solo-album, “Someday,” which features her still-strong, still-sweet voice on a collection of 60’s inspired tunes that Hoffs refers to as Baroque-Folk influenced numbers.

In a recent interview, Hoffs said that the songs on this album “were inspired by my yearning to sing songs that were as melodic and emotional as my favorite music of the 1960s.”  She captures this sound perfectly with the acoustic feel and the outstanding orchestration featured on this unique CD.

Some of the songs, including “This Is The Place,” “November Sun,” and “Raining,” are songs that Hoffs had originally written back in the late 90s and she rediscovered while searching for some other material. She engaged fellow musician/songwriters Mike Campbell and Andrew Brassell to help her rewrite and update the numbers, and these tunes provided the inspiration for the entire “Someday” album.

The featured single from the album, “Raining” is a beautifully intense number that calls to mind the deep emotional feelings after a relationship breakup, but also shows how strong a woman can be afterwards. The horns, orchestration and driving beat make this song a passionate experience to listen to.

My favorite cut from the CD is “Holding My Breath.” The strong beat and lively lyrics bring out the flower-child in Susanna Hoffs, and just makes you want to get up and dance barefoot in a field of flowers somewhere.

The entire album features some awesome guitar work from Andrew Brassell and Val McCallum, but is most evident in the song, “This Is The Place,” that showcases a bouncy, light, happy feeling that can be contributed to both Hoffs’ vocals and the guitars.

But the crown jewel of this album isn’t the lush instrumentation or the emotional songs that tug at your heart. The highlight is Susanna Hoff’s luscious, lilting vocals that bring forth memories of sweeter, sunnier days when music truly was melodic and meaningful. “Someday” is a brilliant album that is just a pleasure to listen to, and should be considered a classic in days and years to come.
Susanna will be doing a short tour this fall to promote her album - check out the dates to see if she is coming near you!
Also, check out her website at for more information on upcoming projects and to hear a free sample of her new album!
I received a copy of this album from the publicist for review.  I was not compensated for my opinion.

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