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Album Review

Toni Childs followed up her critically acclaimed Union in 1991 with House of Hope. Once again, Childs wrote the bulk of the album with David Rickets (David and David) with whim she co-produced the album. Despite those facts, and despite the return of guitarist David Rhodes and drummer Rick Marotta, House of Hope fails to match the impressive standards of Childs' debut.

Childs treads much of the same ground as on Union, both lyrically and musically, but too much of House of Hope feels incomplete. What the record lacks, however, is almost made up for on the tracks that do work beginning with the lead-off "I've Got to Go Now," a tale of a woman leaving an abusive relationship. Childs dramatic vocals imbue the protagonist with willful, albeit fragile, resolve and a spirit that is moving. "Heaven's Gate" is a lovely ballad resembling a lullaby (which chronicles a widow's longing to be reunited with her husband) over a graceful soundtrack of piano and acoustic guitar. And on "The Dead Are Dancing," Los Lobos' David Hidalgo adds guitar and accordion to the ode to the disappeared dissidents of Chile.

Customer Reviews

Amazing

"Next to you" is a beautiful song of vulnerability while "I've got to go now" was popular. Haunting voice that moves your soul.

One of the best album you can listen

This is an astonishing piece of work, you can't stop listening listen. Not the individual songs, the whole album is absolutely great.

One of my favorite CDs

My favotie song off this album (well, of hers all together) is "I Want to Walk With You." Each time I listen to it, I hear something new. It really is a touching and beautiful -- albiet overlooked -- piece of writing.

Biography

Born: October 29, 1957 in Orange, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Having had a pretty dark childhood, Toni Childs, born in Orange, California, faced one of two options: a descent into violence, or a journey of self-discovery. Thankfully, she opted for the latter and an extraordinary talent was born. The voyage saw Childs live in London, for a while writing lyrics for a Nigerian band. Returning to L.A., she fronted Berlin before backing David + David on their 1986 masterpiece, Boomtown. Together with producer David Tickle, she began work on what became her debut,...
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