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Album Review

Those who have caught his incendiary live show or who picked up his self-released first album already know what a huge, cathartic kick a Will Hoge song can be. Those who will experience him for the first time on his major-label debut are in for a fist-pumping, hip-shaking, chorus-shouting treat. Hoge is one of those big-hearted, shamelessly emotive songwriters who loves the sound of guitars and has a lot of broken relationships to work through, but who seems generally too busy crafting brilliant hooks to stop and wallow in the misery he hints at in most of his songs. Or maybe it's just that the misery is outweighed by the lusty joy that informs every chorus of those songs — whether he's exulting in his own inability to play it smooth on "Not That Cool," or refusing to give up when he knows he really should on "Hey Tonight," or roaring out his romantic independence on the brilliant roots-rocker "Better Off Now"." If anything, the ratio of wonderful songs to merely very good ones is even higher on this album than it was on Carousel, and the general sound is, blessedly, almost identical: big guitars that alternately growl and jangle, the occasional Hammond organ, and Hoge's attractively blue-collar voice soaring above it all. Dan Baird's lead guitar is missed, but Brian Layson is no slouch himself. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews


Are you freakin kidding me? This album has been out since 2003 and no one has reviewed it? This album is stellar! Hoge, the world should be ashamed of themselves. Get this record.

One of the best power pop records ever

This record is fantastic, full of giant hooks, full of passion and feeling, with excellent playing. It's a crime it never broke on radio, but like a lot of power pop with a rock edge it somehow doesn't get played, even though it's a natural, with 5 should be hits on it. Will is still terrific, but he has moved away from this type of music into more of a pure rock sound with touches of blues and soul. He's still great, but unfortunately for me, this music was my favorite of his.

Sweet Album

Will Hoge is one of the best singers in the World. His voice is like no other singer out there. Keep rocking Will!


Born: November 14, 1972 in Nashville, TN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Tennessee, songwriter Will Hoge made his name honing a blend of soulful Americana and heartland rock & roll. After spending his childhood in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, he left Tennessee to study history at Western Kentucky University. Music drew him back home, however, and he relocated to Nashville to assemble a band that included former Georgia Satellites guitarist Dan Baird. Hoge then cut his teeth on the Southern bar circuit and issued a live release, 1999's All Night...
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Blackbird On a Lonely Wire, Will Hoge
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, American Trad Rock
  • Released: Mar 04, 2003

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