Hope Image
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Canadian Juno-award winning band was produced by Dave Schiffman.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 27, 2016
    82
    As with so many flashy and polished pieces, often the initial effect far outweighs the real underlying substance. For now, though, we’re just going to have to enjoy Hope for what it is: an insanely catchy record from an indie-pop juggernaut that has likely just set the standard for radio-friendly folk.
  2. Apr 27, 2016
    70
    Between the giant, smiley singalongs, there’s a little more darkness than the band’s sound suggests. The verses grapple with impulses toward destruction and self-destruction. “If I weren’t so selfish/I could hear your calls for help,” Mr. Ward sings in “I Still Make Her Cry.” But it’s rarely long before another huge chorus arrives to banish all misgivings.
  3. Apr 27, 2016
    70
    This record is less about individual musical performances and more about big, uncluttered sound.
  4. Jul 26, 2016
    70
    The piano ballad "I Still Make Her Cry" stands as the lone truly intimate moment of the record which, despite its enthusiastic choruses, harbors reflective, self-doubting lyrics.
  5. Apr 27, 2016
    60
    Ward's writing--though universal and singalongable--sometimes suffers from vagueness and clichéd rhymes. He should have a bit more faith in his audience, because Hope is most interesting when it strays a little from this formula.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jul 26, 2016
    60
    It's annoyingly catchy. [Sep 2016, p.113]
  7. 40
    As the album proceeds, the band’s strident Mumfordry becomes all too wearing, these songs patently designed more for festival singalong than introspective reflection.
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  1. Oct 20, 2016
    8
    Although it suffers from some disappointingly cliche lyrics, it makes up for it with swelling bombastic anthems and overly polished butAlthough it suffers from some disappointingly cliche lyrics, it makes up for it with swelling bombastic anthems and overly polished but nonetheless impressive layered instrumentation. Expand