Life, Love & Hope

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Life, Love & Hope
Studio album by Boston
Released December 3, 2013
Recorded 2003–2013
Genre Hard rock
Length 42:52
Label Frontiers Records
Boston chronology
Corporate America
(2002)
Life, Love & Hope
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 47/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

Life, Love & Hope is the sixth studio album by American rock band Boston. It was released on December 3, 2013 by Frontiers Records, making it their first studio album in eleven years.[3][4] It is the first album released following the death of Brad Delp and is the final one to include him on vocals.[5] Delp recorded vocals on the songs "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love", "Sail Away", "Someone", and "Te Quiero Mia", the last of which being a re-arrangement of "I Had a Good Time", from Corporate America.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tom Scholz, except as noted. 

No. Title Lead Vocals Length
1. "Heaven on Earth" (All instruments, Harmony & Backing Vox: Tom Scholz) David Victor with Louis St. August as a special guest.[6] 3:37
2. "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love" (remastered version from Corporate America - Written by Scholz, Curly Smith, Janet Minto[6]) Brad Delp 5:13
3. "Last Day of School" (Instrumental written and performed by Tom Scholz.[6])   2:02
4. "Sail Away"   Delp, Kimberley Dahme 3:42
5. "Life Love and Hope"   Tommy DeCarlo 3:57
6. "If You Were in Love"   Dahme 4:10
7. "Someday"   DeCarlo and Scholz with Jude Nejmanowski as a special guest.[6] 3:44
8. "Love Got Away" (Written by: Tom Scholz / All Instruments: Tom Scholz / Harmony Vox: Tom Scholz, Gary Phil[6]) Tom Scholz 4:28
9. "Someone (2.0)" (rerecorded/rearrangement) Delp 4:00
10. "You Gave Up on Love (2.0)" (re-arranged and re-recorded / Flute: Dahme / Harmony Vox: Beth Cohen[6]) Dahme, DeCarlo, Scholz 4:05
11. "Te Quiero Mia" (Best Buy & LP bonus track) Delp 3:38
12. "The Way You Look Tonight"   DeCarlo 3:52
13. "O Canada" (LP bonus track)   1:28
Total length:
47:54

Two special versions of the CD were created for the Japanese market. The first special version included a version of "Someday" with Tom Scholz on lead vocals as a bonus track. A second special version, to be released on July 23, 2014, will include the Scholz-led version of "Someday", the Best Buy bonus track "Te Quiero Mia", the LP bonus track "O Canada", and "God Rest Ye Metal Gentlemen", a reworking of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" which had previously only been (officially) released on iTunes.

Personnel[edit]

  • Tom Scholz - guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums, vocals
  • Brad Delp - vocals
  • Gary Pihl - vocals, guitar
  • Kimberley Dahme - vocals, flute
  • Curly Smith - partial writing credit for "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love", harmonica
  • David Victor - vocals
  • Louis St. August - vocals
  • Janet Minto - partial writing credit for "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love"
  • Tommy DeCarlo - vocals
  • Jeff Neal - vocals
  • Jude Nejmanowski - vocals
  • Beth Cohen - vocals[6]

Background[edit]

Life, Love & Hope follows up the band's 2002 release, Corporate America. Tom Scholz produced Life, Love & Hope and wrote all of the tracks. Kimberley Dahme makes a vocal performance on several songs as well as the late Brad Delp (who performs on the new song "Sail Away" as well as rearranged songs from "Corporate America").[6] This album also features new vocalists such as David Victor, Louis St. August, Tommy DeCarlo, and Jude Nejmanowski. It is also the first Boston album to feature Tom Scholz on a lead vocal ("Love Got Away").[6]

Style[edit]

Matt Wardlaw of Ultimate Classic Rock says "‘Life, Love & Hope’ carries remnants of those early days in its sound — which is unmistakable from the moment the soaring harmonies kick in on ‘Heaven on Earth,’ the album’s opening track and lead single. It provides a vintage moment on an album that otherwise contains quite a bit of exploration, both musically and sonically — something that we’ve come to expect from Scholz when he’s working in the backroom on new Boston music."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

In its first week of release, the album charted No. 37 on the Billboard 200, with 16,321 copies sold. However, the album's sales fell rapidly after the first week, and it exited the chart after three weeks.

A vinyl double album, limited to 1,000 copies, is in the works, but its release has been delayed several times and is now on indefinite hold.

Reception[edit]

Life, Love & Hope received 47 out of 100 from Metacritic.[1] It earned 2.5 stars from AllMusic's reviewers and 3.5 stars from the AllMusic users. AllMusic reviewer Tim Sendra added, "David Victor, sounds a lot like Delp and does a fine job filling his shoes on the album's best song, Heaven on Earth".[2] Matthew Wilkening from Ultimate Classic Rock called it "a rather frustrating, confusing affair", continuing on to say that "Heaven on Earth" had "a perfectly infectious chorus and that famous Tom Scholz guitar tone."[8] Rolling Stone writer Chuck Eddy said "Everywhere, Tom Scholz fine-tunes the angelic-choir harmonies and aerosol-guitar crescendos until they're spotlessly, unmistakably Bostonlike". Life, Love & Hope received 2.5 stars from the Rolling Stone reviewers and 3 stars from their users.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Life, Love and Hope Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "Life Love and Hope - Boston". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy. "Boston to Release First Album in 11 Years". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Life, Love & Hope: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  5. ^ "Brad Delp: Details Emerge About His Tragic Suicide". Guitar World. April 27, 2007. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Life, Love & Hope" Compact Disk Jacket (Standard Edition / FR CD 630)
  7. ^ Wardlaw, Matt. "Tom Scholz Explores ‘Life, Love & Hope’ on Boston’s New Album". Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Boston, ‘Life, Love & Hope’ – Album Review". ultimateclassicrock.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  9. ^ "Boston 'Life, Love Hope' Review". www.rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2014-01-29.