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House of Hope

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Album: House of Hope
# Song Title   Time
1)    I've Got to Go Now
2)    Next to You
3)    House of Hope
4)    Daddy's Song
5)    Heaven's Gate
6)    Dead Are Dancing, The - (Spanish)
7)    I Want to Walk With You
8)    Where's the Light
9)    Put This Fire Out
10)    Three Days
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Performer Notes
  • Producers: Toni Childs, David Ricketts, Gavin MacKillop, Bob Clearmountain, Hugh Padgham.
  • Personnel: Toni Childs (vocals); David Hidalgo (guitar, accordion); David Ricketts (guitar, keyboards, drums); David Rhodes, Andy Summers, Tim Pierce, Chas Sandford (guitar); Barbara Imhoff (harp); Tony Maynahan, Tony Guerrero, Will Donato (horns); John Philip Shenale (keyboards, programming); Jeff Martin (keyboards); Denny Fongheiser, Denny Fangheiser, Rick Marotta, Scott Crago, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Jim Keltner, Luis Conte, Brent Lewis (percussion); Crystal Wilson, Jill Mele, Teresa DeLucio, Reggie Burrell, Penni Wilson (background vocals).
  • Recording information: A&M, Los Angeles, CA; Air LA Studios, CA; Avatar; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chapel; Gray Room; Larrabe Studios, Encore; Nut Ranch; One On One Studios, North Hollywood, CA; Right Track Recording Studios, New York, NY; Secret Sound LA; Sunset sound Factory; Topanga Skyline.
  • Unknown Contributor Role: Unity Horns.
  • 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. ~ Tom Demalon
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/22/91) - 3 Stars - Good - "..at once warmer and more disturbing than its predecessor and often more accessible."

Q (8/91) - 3 Stars - Good - "..the emotional pitch is rarely allowed below maximum intensity...a piece of work that leads with its chin.."
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