I Can’t Stop Listening To: Mandy Moore’s "Wild Hope"


Anyone paying attention to my Last.FM profile would notice that Mandy Moore has skyrocketed to the top of my charts in the last week or so. That’s because I can’t stop listening to her new album Wild Hope. 137 song plays! And that’s not even counting the times I listened to it at work! Or the times certain songs run through my head during the day just from memory. Yipes! That’s how I am with new music though, I tend to sink my teeth in and listen it to death. (or until something else comes along to grab my attention. G can’t figure out why I need an iPod because from what he can tell, I just listen to the same music over and over again. I tried to explain that it might be the same music at any one particular time, but it’s always changing. :-) um… It makes sense in my head.)

Anyhoo, my favorite Wild Hope track at the moment is “Few Days Down”, probably because I relate to the lyrics, especially in the chorus:

And all that you want
Is a few days down
All that you need
A little time to drown
It’s to be expected
With all the weight you carry ’round
All that you want is
A Few Days Down

(rest of song lyrics here)

I guess it’s a little bit of sad song, but it has that cathartic effect of letting me know I’m not the only one, and somehow that in itself, coupled with the beauty of the melody, lifts a weight of my shoulders for at least a few minutes.

The first time heard Mandy Moore was (embarrassing confession) when she opened at a Backstreet Boys concert. (Hey, they put on a darn good show, and a few of their songs really got me through high school and college.) She was super young, maybe fifteen or so? The thing I most remember about the show was thinking, “She has absolutely no butt whatsoever!” Strange, I know, but that’s really what struck me at the time. We’ve both grown up a lot since then, and it’s neat to see what she’s doing now – which is working with super cool people! It’s pretty fascinating to know the style of Mandy’s collaborators so well that I can hear their flavor come through on the songs she wrote with them. I love the more folk-style sound she has now.

So yeah, Wild Hope gets two thumbs up from me!

I suppose if I got to write songs with Lori McKenna, Rachel Yamagata AND The Weepies I might call my album Wild Hope too! Alternate titles could be Seriously? Me?, or Pinch Me, I Must Be Dreaming.

PS Here’s a cute
preview/making of album video
from her official website.

2 Responses to “I Can’t Stop Listening To: Mandy Moore’s "Wild Hope"”

  1. Mert says:

    I haven’t heard this song yet, but I am the same as you… I play a CD to death then move on to something else LOL! Then I go back to the previous CD and go-yeah, that’s right I love this CD! And i will play it again, but not as fanatically as when I first opened it.

  2. Heather says:

    Hi Mert,

    Yes, that’s exactly it! I still love albums later on, but I don’t play them as often as those first days/weeks.

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