Wednesday, December 1, 2010

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Review: Hedley - The Show Must Go

From the country that brought you Drake, Justin Bieber and Nickelback, comes multi-platinum Canadian band Hedley who set to take their melodic, celebratory rock and roll show below the 49th parallel with the upcoming U.S. release of their third studio album, The Show Must Go, in stores December 7th, 2010. Can't wait that long? Get a head start with their first official U.S. single "Perfect" out now.

With charismatic frontman Jacob Hoggard (of Canadian Idol fame) leading the tight-knit Vancouver-based group which also includes bassist Tom McDonald, guitarist Dave Rosin and drummer Chris Crippin, The Show Must Go features the work of a band that is already coming into its own. Over four years, the band has won acclaim by earning two multi-platinum albums and a devoted fan base through a regimen of hard work and relentless touring. Produced by Brian Howes (Boys Like Girls, Hinder) and David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin) along with John Feldmann (The Used, Goldfinger) and longtime collaborator Dave Genn, the album showcases the enigmatic Hoggard, who combines the theatrical showmanship of Steve Tyler, Freddie Mercury and Billy Idol with the story-telling abilities of Billy Joel and Elton John.

The Show Must Go is preceded by the soaring piano ballad “Perfect,” Hedley’s first official U.S. single release. Winning two MMVA’s in June (including Video Of The Year), "Perfect" became Hedley’s 10th consecutive #1 video at MuchMusic earlier this year and set a new record for a domestic artist at the video channel. The power ballad has received more than 1.5 million views at YouTube, and can also be seen on top-rated music site VEVO, as well as the band’s website "Perfect" is currently available for download on iTunes.


The Show Must Go ranges from the electro-tinged opener “Cha-Ching,” about reality television’s intoxicating allure that pokes fun at The Hills, the Kardashians, Flava Flav and Tila Tequila (“Line up all the Idols/Who paint on phony smiles/Trying to ride the fast track to fame,” sings Hoggard, admitting he’s not excluding himself after his own participation in Canadian Idol, where he finished as a third runner-up.), and the rap-inflected “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” a satirical tribute to cougar women on the prowl, to such unabashedly sweet love songs as the piano ballad “Amazing” and the reggae feel good number “Shelter.” And then there's classic Hedley, with a nod to hedonism in the hilarious “Young and Stupid” and the riotous “Nine Shades of Red,” which describes one of Hedley’s boisterous nights on the town.

I liked the five song sampler that I received so much that I have added The Show Must Go to my own personal Christmas wish list.  I have listened to "Perfect" at least a hundred times already and I'm not exaggerating.  I love everything about it.  "Cha-Ching" is the song I put on if I'm in a bad mood because the beat instantly puts a smile on my face.  "Don't Talk to Strangers" is a fun song to listen to no matter what's going on.  "Friends" is the song I put on when I need to mellow out.  It's so calm and soothing.  "Sweater Song" is a lovey-dovey song that is my second favorite of the five songs.  It's sexy and sweet all at the same time.  From what I've heard, this album is going to be a real hit. 

Hedley released their self-titled debut album in 2005, producing the chart-topping single, “On My Own,” “Gunnin,” ”3-2-1” and “Trip,” eventually achieving double-platinum status. The double-platinum Famous Last Words followed in 2007, with three Top 5 hits in “For the Nights I Can’t Remember,” “Never Too Late” and “Old School,” with the band sweeping five MuchMusic Video Awards at the 2008 ceremony. The Show Must Go produced three Top 5 singles in “Perfect,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Cha Ching,” as the band sold out a Canadian arena tour in support of the album. Hedley played “Cha Ching” live before a world-wide audience at the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Hedley has also become known for its cheeky, conceptual videos—all 10 have reached #1 on the MuchMusic charts—including one they did for “Never Too Late,” a frame-by-frame remake of Duran Duran’s yacht clip, “Rio,” as well as the stunning “Perfect,” featuring Hoggard’s tour de force performance on piano. In all, Hedley has received a total of 11 career Juno nominations, Canada’s equivalent to the Grammys.

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The Show Must Go hits the shelves on Dec. 7th!

Disclosure: I received this product for free.  Opinions expressed are 100% mine.

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