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Album Stream: Mandy Moore's Wild Hope

Album Stream: Mandy Moore's Wild Hope

Judging by the cover art for her new album, Wild Hope, you might surmise that Mandy Moore has transformed herself from teen pop-sensation into grown-up dream-folk girl — and you would be right. On the new album, which hits stores today and which you can now stream at AOL Music, Moore maintains the accessibility of her more bubbly hits while showing off heightened gravitas and a great voice.

Wild Hope uses elements of country rock and folksy ballads, complete with sparse piano, steel guitar, regal strings, and contributions from musicians like Rachael Yamagata. But the songwriting still fits snugly into the realm of pop, which I think is pretty cool. Maybe Moore can help expand the musical horizons of the fans who've been with her since the beginning. Give it a listen and tell me what you think.

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Miss-Tat Miss-Tat 8 years
I loved this album. it's so much easier to identify with it in your 20's, rather than when you're a teenager like her old stuff...
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
I like most of the songs. Her voice sounds great!
jdepp_84 jdepp_84 8 years
I new she was going to come out with a great album, she always does, except the 1st one "So Real" eek. She's a true artist.
just_kelly just_kelly 8 years
I really like it! It's so pretty and grown up. I don't feel guilty listening to it!
jaxy_west jaxy_west 8 years
This album resembles everything, started from her awful past, bad relationship, and love for better future, it sounds stunning, with its ethereal chorus, i rate this album big 5-star...
tati33 tati33 8 years
is anyone having problems with the stream? i can't hear it!!
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 8 years
Thanks for posting this, Buzz. It's nice to see Mandy getting some, if you'll excuse the pun, Coverage. I'm really excited for this CD and I've been meaning to find somewhere to listen online. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be working on my computer... but I'm still working on that. It's nice to see there are other Mandy fans out here! And mwmsjuly19, I realize that she's not everyone's cup of tea, but I have no problem having both Mandy and the Stones in my collection! ;)
Divajj Divajj 8 years
I'm so psyched to get this CD today... I love Mandy Moore. I think that unlike certain other bald-headed pop starlets, she refused to be a puppet and decided to make her own way. And that's something I can admire!
yiddidea yiddidea 8 years
This cd reminds me of her Coverage album, which I really enjoyed. I LOATHED Mandy's pop stuff when she first started so I am glad she has grown up with her music. This style suits her voice much better and seems more honest. One criticism I have so far is there isn't a great difference between songs. They tend to blend together when you listen to them, but perhaps that is intentional.
swwonder swwonder 8 years
I can't watch or listen to anything on AOL (regional restrictions). But I've heard some on her Myspace and although it's not as obviously catchy as her older stuff, I actually quite like it.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 8 years
Her pose on the album cover is weird. Are her legs resting on anything? I can't make it out. Meanwhile, I'll never buy a Mandy Moore CD. She won't fit in next to my Rolling Stones collection.
tchan01 tchan01 8 years
I mean I CAN feel it :-P ack
tchan01 tchan01 8 years
I have to agree with brokenbracelet...also, she sounds sooo vulnerable on this album. I can't feel it! :-P thanks for sharing this Buzz.
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 8 years
She's so sweet, it's hard not to like anything she does!
rockgirl10 rockgirl10 8 years
I think it's really good.
fluffypuff fluffypuff 8 years
Yes, it is slightly cheesy, but it does go along with the folk theme. I love Mandy Moore and I'm so excited to get this album.
SparklinSeahorSe SparklinSeahorSe 8 years
is it just me, or is the name of this album really really cheesy?
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Yeah, the look is very different. It looks country and, yes, quite folky.
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