Hello (Poe album)

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Hello
Poe - Hello.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 10, 1995
Recorded1994-1995
Genre
Length41:24
Label
Producer
Poe chronology
Hello
(1995)
Haunted
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[2]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide2.5/5 stars[3]

Hello is the debut album by the American singer-songwriter Poe.[4][5] It was released in 1995 on Modern Records.[6]

Background[edit]

The first music video for the album was for the single "Angry Johnny"; it featured Poe on the skeletal frame of a bed looking forlorn whilst destroying a variety of effects one might associate with romance (like roses or a box of chocolates). The song's rage-filled lyrics quickly found her being lumped into the "angry female rocker" category, and the video was heavily played on MTV's Alternative Nation. The second single, "Hello", did not fare as well, until a remix version was released two years after the album's initial release. At least one other track (Junkie) was remixed as well, since the 1999 cd-quality download of 'Hello' contains a version of 'Junkie' with more instrument layers (horns and warbly guitar) that is 6 seconds shorter than the 3:06 original.

Hello was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 20, 1996.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Trouser Press wrote that "Poe has enough personality to keep the pleasant and occasionally intriguing album her own, but not enough to make it a strong statement."[6] MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide called the album "a mess of over-personal, overproduced folk songs," aside from "Trigger Happy Jack" and "Angry Johnny."[3] Tulsa World wrote that Poe "rips and rocks, but she doesn't kick out the jams at the expense of the songcraft."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hello"Poe, Ronnie Estelle4:31
2."Trigger Happy Jack (Drive By a Go-Go)"Poe, Jeffrey Connor3:36
3."Choking the Cherry"Poe, Connor3:34
4."That Day"Poe, Cameron Stone2:41
5."Angry Johnny"Poe, Raplph James "RJ" Rice4:18
6."Dolphin"Poe, Sean Uberoi Kelly3:47
7."Another World"Poe, Rice3:20
8."Fingertips"Poe, Rice, James Yancy4:21
9."Beautiful Girl"Poe, Alex Blanc, Eric Garcia3:42
10."Junkie"Poe, Rice3:06
11."Fly Away"Poe4:34
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Manager: Scott Ross, Maven Management
  • Producers: RJ Rice, Jeffrey Connor, Dave Jerden, Poe
  • Executive producer: Dave Jerden
  • Engineers: Richard Barrow. Alex Blanc, Bryan Carlstrom, Eric Garcia, Dave Jerden, Steve Klein
  • Assistant engineers: Amanda Cruz, Eddie Miller
  • Mixing: Eric Garcia, Dave Jerden, Steve Klein, Poe
  • Mastering: Eddy Schreyer
  • Editing: Alex Blanc, Eric Garcia, Poe
  • Production coordination: Amanda Cruz
  • Programming: Lionel Cole, Poe, Rice, Jay Dee
  • Bass programming: Jeffrey Connor
  • Art direction: Stuart Beau Barton & Thomas Bricker
  • Design: Stuart Beau Barton and Thomas Bricker
  • Album Cover Photography: Stuart Beau Barton
  • Photography: Thomas Bricker, Amanda Cruz

Chart positions[edit]

AlbumBillboard (US)

Year Chart Peak position
1996 Heatseekers 4
1996 The Billboard 200 71

SinglesBillboard (US)

Year Single Chart Peak position
1995 Trigger Happy Jack (Drive by a Go-Go) Modern Rock Tracks 27
1996 Angry Johnny Modern Rock Tracks 7
1996 Hello Modern Rock Tracks 13
1997 Hello (Remixes) Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 6: MUZE. p. 577.CS1 maint: location (link)
  3. ^ a b MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 881.
  4. ^ "Poe | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  5. ^ Goldsmith, Melissa Ursula Dawn; Fonseca, Anthony J. (December 1, 2018). "Hip Hop around the World: An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]". ABC-CLIO – via Google Books.
  6. ^ a b "Poe". Trouser Press. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  7. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum".
  8. ^ "Poe, Hello". Tulsa World.