Melanie Penn - Hope Tonight

Published Friday 27th March 2015
Melanie Penn - Hope Tonight
Melanie Penn - Hope Tonight

RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 156075-22988
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Digital Only Album

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

With so many independent releases coming out these days and only a percentage of them ever finding their way to the Cross Rhythms offices, it can often take a year or more before we get our hands on albums that other critics tell us are "must haves." New York-based singer/songwriter Melanie released her debut album 'Wake Up Love' in 2010. That was excellent and this is even better. If you like the pure-toned voice and songwriting skill of Ellie Holcomb, 'Hope Tonight' will quickly convince you that Melanie is every bit her equal. With deft production from Ben Shive, this is beautiful and haunting music with the title track being a particular gem. Melanie wrote the song when she felt in a low place but the song in fact is fused with hope ("There must be more than I see with my naked eye/Some underlying design that makes things right"). One reviewer wrote, "This is a rare opportunity to be swept away by the soaring melodies and relatable themes - a musical magic carpet ride." A classic album that needs investigation.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Be the first to comment on this article

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.