Hope for the Hopeless

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Hope for the Hopeless
Brett Dennen Hope for the Hopeless cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 21, 2008
GenreFolk, pop
ProducerJohn Alagia
Brett Dennen chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone3/5 starslink
About.com4.5/5 stars link
Entertainment WeeklyB+ link
Popmatters7/10 stars link
Paste65% link

Hope for the Hopeless is the third studio album by the American singer-songwriter Brett Dennen. It was released on October 21, 2008, following Dennen's tour of Australia. The Nigerian Afro-beat musician Femi Kuti appears on the album's first single, "Make You Crazy".[1] The album peaked at number 41 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and number 4 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.[2]

Referring to "Make You Crazy", Dennen told Rolling Stone: "I made the song catchy but it's about all the injustice in the world."[3] That song has a music video starring the American singer Mandy Moore. "Heaven" was the second single released from this album and Dennen decided to sell it also on iTunes. Natalie Merchant, the former leading singer of 10,000 Maniacs rock band, appears on this single.[4]

Critical response[edit]

Hope for the Hopeless received a score of 71 on Metacritic, which collated reviews from Entertainment Weekly, Allmusic, Popmatters, Paste, Billboard and Rolling Stone.[5]
The most favourable review came from Entertainment Weekly's Leah Greenblatt, who hailed the albums "tuneful folk-rock accessibility" before giving it a final rating of B+. Dennen's songwriting was held up to scrutiny by, among others, Popmatters' Aarik Danielsen, who said, in a 7/10 review, "...he’s no Dylan or Lennon, but he does capture the spirit of a generation attracted to the hopeful promise they witnessed in the Obama candidacy."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Brett Dennen.

1."San Francisco"3:52
2."Make You Crazy" (featuring Femi Kuti)3:38
4."Closer to You"3:38
5."Wrong About Me"4:32
6."So Far from Me"4:08
7."When She's Gone"3:40
8."World Keeps Turning"3:01
9."Who Do You Think You Are?"4:07
10."Follow Your Heart"3:11
11."Ain't Gonna Lose You"4:51
Total length:42:41


The following people contributed to Hope for the Hopeless.[7]


  1. ^ "Hope for the Hopeless: Brett Dennen: Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Hope for the Hopeless: Chart and Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Make You Crazy by Brett Dennen Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Brett Dennen to Duet With Natalie Merchant". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Hope for the Hopeless reviews at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Brett Dennen: Hope for the Hopeless: Review". Popmatters. Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Hope for the Hopeless Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 January 2010.