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Susanna Hoffs: Someday

Last Updated 10/30/2012 11:45:35 AM

By: Jonathan Tuttle

Susanna Hoffs Someday (Baroque Folk)Susanna Hoffs


(Baroque Folk)

One of the things you notice first about Susanna Hoffs’ Someday release is the play length, or lack thereof. The album contains 10 songs, and not one of them is over four minutes long.

That being said, Someday is a quick listen, but a damn fine one.

On Someday, her first solo effort since her 1996 debut,  Hoffs enlisted producer Mitchell Froom and Nashville musician Andrew Brassell. The end result is some of the most inspired and passionate music Hoffs has written in the last decade.

Layered with strings, horns, synths, and Hoffs’ trademark jangle pop, Someday has a warm and personal feel to it. With her gentle and angelic vocals, Hoffs’ voice leads the way on all 10 tracks, singing about love, redemption and finding oneself. 

The opening track, “November Sun,” sets the tone for the album with its jangly beats backed with subtle horns and images of green grass on a sunny day. “Picture Me” beckons to be played on your iPod while walking down the beach, and the lead single “One Day” is filled with so many hooks you will be singing the chorus for days just after one listen.

Of the 10 songs, the best of the bunch is “Raining,” which Hoffs began writing in 1989 with iconic guitarist Mike Campbell (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers). With its perfectly picked guitars and lush background instrumentation, “Raining” is a pop gem which would make Mr. Petty proud.

No slight towards Hoffs and her Bangle band mates, but Someday finds the singer-songwriter at her best, feeling at home and relaxed in these songs

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