Lauren Hoffman | Megiddo

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by Lauren Hoffman

"One of the finest major-label debuts from a new rock artist this year. Fueled by a slow-burning fusion of sultry, not sulky, surrealist confessionals, skewed roots pop, and darkly smoldering vocals, Hoffman's Megiddo stands out from the crowd." - Matt As
Genre: Rock: 90's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blood
3:21 $0.99
2. Rock Star
2:07 $0.99
3. Lolita
3:32 $0.99
4. Fall Away
4:09 $0.99
5. Cold and Gray
2:56 $0.99
6. Hope You Don't Mind
1:58 $0.99
7. Strange Man
3:13 $0.99
8. Persephone
3:34 $0.99
9. Alive
3:05 $0.99
10. The Cannibal Ed
1:47 $0.99
11. Build A Home
4:20 $0.99
12. The Ashram Song
4:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Megiddo" was my first album. Recording started when I was 18 and it finally was released on Virgin Records in 1997, right around my 20th birthday. Some of the songs were written in my bedroom at my parents house when I was still in high school ('Blood', 'Fall Away'), others were written in New York, where I escaped to after graduation with a lust for life and a taste for red wine ('Strange Man', 'Alive')

It received critical praise both here in the states as well as in France, where the label was especially supportive of the album. But... well, I will try not to gripe here about the music business or how lame Virgin U.S. was as a label, there are more interesting things to discuss, like the amazing education I got by working alongside producers David Lowery, John Morand, and Ethan Johns, and the awesome bands I got to open for in those years, like Sparklehorse, Morphine, and Blond Redhead. I was invited to play in the first Lilith Fair festival, and my songs were used in a major studio movie ("Palmetto") and a network TV show ("Homocide: Life on the Street").

The sad thing is that despite all of that good stuff, I still wound up feeling chewed up and spit out by an industry that had (and still has) no concept of humanity, no ability to shepherd their flock, and no interest in nurturing the very resource that feeds their coffres. It almost sapped my inspiration entirely... almost...

-- Lauren Hoffman

PS See "From the Blue House" to know what happened next : )


"Ms. Hoffman makes moody and sexy pop songs." - Ben Ratliff, the New York Times

"This twenty-year-old Virginia chanteuse knows how to tell a story and weave a spell." - Details

"Hoffman is the real thing" - New Yorker



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A fresh start from a debut album
Music that's full of anguish that it's reminiscence of your teenage/pre-adult years. A very fresh start for her first album.

Kirk Gauthier

A Debut Full of Heart
Lauren's voice is both beautiful and haunting. Though slightly amateurish, this album shows a lot of room for growth and maturity. If you want to see the darker side of pop music then you need to add this one to your collection