Susanna Hoffs is turning ‘Someday’ into today with her latest solo effort

Posted: October 26, 2012 in Interviews, Print Articles
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By Chris Shapiro
October 2012

Susanna Hoffs’s latest solo album, Someday, is a cheerful, organically created master-piece that exhibits music in its truest form.

Susanna Hoffs
Photo credit: Rebecca Wilson

Someday is the best showcase of Hoffs’s peaceful vocals since 1988’s “Eternal Flame.”  Coupled with vivid lyrics, her vocals paint images so clearly the listener could get up and walk around in the worlds created.

There is no heavy usage of sound effects or computer post-production work in the creation of Someday.  Here musicians gathered and played as one group to create the magic that is music.

On the advice of her produced, Mitchell Froom, Hoffs recorded Someday in the spirit of 1960’s recording with the entire band playing together in the studio in an attempt to create music that was in the moment.

There’s a synergy in the songs as a result.  Hoffs and her fellow musicians were able to create music that was living verse produced.   Music is a spiritual expression that takes on a life of its own when musicians are willing to pour their spirit into their work.

Songs such as, “Always Enough” and “Picture Me” exemplify the life Hoffs breathed into her art.  There is such a strong connective quality in her music that the life of each song will carry off the record and come to dwell in the soul of each listener.

Someday, though all original material, could be thought of as a compliment to 1960’s music.  The sound and arrangement style used runs in the vein of 60’s artists such as the Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, Ronettes etc.

“Raining,” a song that deserves considerable attention, was originally written in the late 1980’s with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  It is the best example of Hoffs’s attempt to honor the decade that inspired her musical.   The rhythm section has a Ronettes feel to it that is distinct 1960’s styled music.

As for “This is the Place,” it is, by far, the best piece of advertisement South Walton will ever find.  Hoffs sings of the beach paradise in a way that only she can.  It has fun and inviting lyrics when describing the sights and feelings of South Walton such as the “turquoise water” or the time spent with friends and family.  Listen to it once and you’ll be on the first flight there.

Someday will not leave listeners disappointed.  Its songs have the ability to materialize the wishes of someday into the realities of today.

Fans of 60’s music will appreciate Hoffs’s approached and deliverance of this collection.  Bangles fans will fall in love with the stories and messages brought to life through Hoffs’s mesmerizing vocals.  It is overall, a very enjoyable and artful album created by the artist and not by the industry.

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