House of Hope

House of Hope

by Toni Childs


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/1991
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021535824
catalogNumber: 5358
Rank: 65543

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Childs   Primary Artist,Vocals
Andy Summers   Guitar
Tony Guerrero   Horn
Jim Keltner   Percussion
Brent Lewis   Percussion
Reggie Burrell   Background Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Scott Crago   Drums
Teresa DeLucio   Background Vocals
Denny Fongheiser   Drums
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Accordion
Barbara Imhoff   Harp
Rick Marotta   Drums
Jill Mele   Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
David Rhodes   Guitar
David Ricketts   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Chas Sandford   Guitar
John Philip Shenale   Keyboards
Crystal Wilson   Background Vocals
Penni Wilson   Background Vocals
Will Donato   Horn
Denny Fangheiser   Drums
Tony Maynahan   Horn
Jerry Watts   Bass
Jeff Martin   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Toni Childs   Producer
Gavin MacKillop   Engineer
Mark McKenna   Engineer
David Ricketts   Producer
John Philip Shenale   Programming
Unity Horns   Contributor
Tony Ricketts   Producer

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