Wild Hope

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Wild Hope
Studio album by Mandy Moore
Released June 18, 2007 (Australia digital)
June 19, 2007 (U.S.)
February 23, 2008 (Australia physical)
Recorded
Genre
Length 46:14
Label
Producer John Alagia
Mandy Moore chronology
Candy
(2005)
Wild Hope
(2007)
Amanda Leigh
(2009)
Singles from Wild Hope
  1. "Extraordinary"
    Released: April 10, 2007 (2007-04-10)
  2. "Nothing That You Are"
    Released: September 20, 2007 (2007-09-20)

Wild Hope is the fifth studio album by American singer Mandy Moore, her first in four years. It was released via her new label, The Firm Music, a division of EMI USA, on June 19, 2007 (see 2007 in music). It was released digitally in Australia on June 18 with the bonus track "Swept Away". Counting her compilation and cover albums, it is Moore's seventh album and her first to be fully co-written.

Background[edit]

Moore began writing new material for the album in 2004.[1] She originally signed with Sire Records and released a single via her site entitled "Hey!" which was written by James Renald, the writer of her 2002 single "Cry". In early 2006, Moore posted the cover of "Beautiful Man" on her MySpace and later informed her fans that she departed from Sire Records due to creative differences.[citation needed] Moore then signed with EMI and a UK magazine assumed after hearing the song "Slummin' In Paradise" that that would be the title of the album.[citation needed]

For Wild Hope, Moore collaborated with producer John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, Liz Phair) and has written material for the first time: she wrote/co-wrote songs with Rachael Yamagata, Chantal Kreviazuk, Michelle Branch, Lori McKenna and indie pop-folk duo The Weepies, all chronicled in a promotional video available for viewing on her official website. This is the first album that Moore co-wrote entirely and the first time she released songs that she co-wrote since "When I Talk to You", which appeared on her self-titled album, in 2001; many of the songs are about her breakup with ex-boyfriend Zach Braff.[2] "Extraordinary," one of the tracks she co-wrote with The Weepies, was premiered via her MySpace profile on January 29, 2007. Moore has also put another song on her MySpace profile called "Nothing That You Are." The new track premiered on February 9, 2007. Moore explained how the album helped her cope with depression and self-discovery.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
absolutepunk.net (7.8/10) link
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Courant (Favorable) link at the Wayback Machine (archived September 26, 2007)
Entertainment Weekly (B) link
IGN (7.4/10) link
Metromix 3/5 stars link
Monsters and Critics (Favorable) link
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars link

To date, critics have been generally positive on the album. Jane Magazine said that "Moore has turned into a sophisticated songwriter whose new sound fits cozily alongside that of Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple and Sarah McLachlan rather than all the pop tarts she used to be compared to." Billboard stated that "Wild Hope is the gratifying sound of a singer finally finding her comfort zone. Gone is the sugary pop of Moore's early career, replaced instead by thoughtful musings on love and life...an album full of subtle, but undeniable hooks."[3]

Promotion[edit]

Moore did a documentary for Oxygen entitled I am Mandy Moore that chronicled the writing and concept of her album Wild Hope. She also did "one-off" gigs promoting her album. The most popular is the MSN concert where Moore performed all songs off her album including three older songs ("Help Me", "Moonshadow", "Candy"). Moore also went on tour to help promote the album.

Sales[edit]

Wild Hope debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at No. 30, selling a mere 25,000 copies the first week of release, according to Billboard.[4] It is Moore's third highest debuting album, falling short of her 2003 album Coverage, which debuted at No. 14, selling 59,000 copies. Her album also reached No. 9 on The Top Internet albums.[5] After 5 weeks, Wild Hope charted off the Billboard 200, however it returned on the chart, when the album came back in at No. 118, selling 5,500 copies. To date, Wild Hope has sold over 200,000 in the United States and 600,000 worldwide.[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Copies sold
U.S. Billboard 200 30 200,000+
Top Internet Albums (U.S.) 9[7]
Top 100 Canadian Albums 84 15,000+

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by John Alagia

Original track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Extraordinary"   Mandy Moore, Deb Talan, Steve Tannen 2:54
2. "All Good Things"   Mandy Moore, Deb Talan, Steve Tannen 2:53
3. "Slummin' in Paradise" (featuring Jason Mraz on backing vocals) Mandy Moore, James Renald 4:12
4. "Most of Me"   Mandy Moore, Lori McKenna 4:47
5. "Few Days Down"   Mandy Moore, Deb Talan, Steve Tannen 3:23
6. "Can't You Just Adore Her?"   Mandy Moore, Lori McKenna 3:55
7. "Looking Forward to Looking Back"   Mandy Moore, Deb Talan, Steve Tannen 3:13
8. "Wild Hope"   Mandy Moore, Deb Talan, Steve Tannen 2:59
9. "Nothing That You Are"   Mandy Moore, James Renald 4:28
10. "Latest Mistake"   Mandy Moore, Lori McKenna 4:08
11. "Ladies' Choice"   Mandy Moore, Chris Holmes, Rachael Yamagata 4:56
12. "Gardenia"   Mandy Moore, Chantal Kreviazuk 4:27

Personnel[edit]

  • Mandy Moore: Main Vocal
  • Brett and Steve Dennen, Tom Freund, Jason Mraz, Sara Watkins, Steve Wilson: Vocal Backing
  • John Alagia: Acoustic Guitars, Organ, Piano, Percussion
  • Daniel Clark: Organ, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Acoustic Piano
  • Mark Goldenburg: Organ, Mandolin, E-Bow, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Tamboura, Ukelele
  • Kevin Saleem: Acoustic, Electric and Slide Guitars, Hammond Organ, Drum Programming
  • Doug Derryberry: Electric Guitars, Bouzouki
  • Deb Talan: Acoustic Guitars, Wurlitzer, Vocal Backing
  • Rachael Yamagata: Clarinet, French Horn, Piano, Sampling, Vocal Backing
  • Stewart Meyers: Bass
  • Matt Johnson: Drums, Percussion
  • Brian Ashley Jones: Drums

Singles[edit]

  1. "Extraordinary"
  2. "Nothing That You Are" (Promo only)
  3. "All Good Things" (Australia Radio single only)

Unreleased tracks[edit]

  • "Changed My Mind" (McKenna, Moore)
  • "Shades" (Moore, Renald)
  • "Never Again" (Moore, Renald)

Mandy Moore Soundcheck (Wal-Mart Exclusive)[edit]

  • "All Good Things" [Original Performance Series] – 2:53
  • "Looking Forward To Looking Back" [Original Performance Series] [Video]
  • "Interview From Soundcheck" [Video]

References[edit]

External links[edit]