alexander laurence | Los Angeles, CA | 07/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hopewell is another band that has famously had some contact with Mercury Rev and Dave Fridmann. Jason Russo used to play in Mercury Rev, and has moved on. And this is pretty cool. "Calcutta' is pretty simple rock. Some songs like "Praise Twice" recalls late 1960s blues like Cream. Other songs like "Sugar In The Honey" and "Synthetic Symphony" show obvious signs that Russo was in Mercury Rev at some time. This is definitely one of the most promising records this year. It is dramatic epic rock that can be quiet and quite hard sounding. All the twelve songs are imaginative and very striking. Hopewell is a band to check out. I wish that I could see them live very soon. My life would be enriched. This is piano based music that definitely is worth listening to. Hopewell is the band of the future. They are definitely a cool new band with some funky influences."
Great album by a Great live band
N. Pogorzala | Buffalo, NY | 03/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These guys have played at the bar i work at many times in Fredonia and have never seen less than a full house. Their music is amazing, hard, slow, dreamy, anything you would want and they themselves are great guys. Dave Fridmann did a great job and i suggest buying this Cd now."