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Inexhaustible West

by The Hopeful Monsters

Sophisticated pop-rock: inventive melodies, surprising chord progressions, intelligent lyrics -- and waling guitar solos
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joe's
4:29 $0.66
2. Same Girl
4:14 $0.66
3. If You Change Your Mind
3:53 $0.66
4. Memorials
5:36 $0.66
5. Children of Wolves
4:13 $0.66
6. Old Haunt
4:18 $0.66
7. Paris
4:34 $0.66
8. Periodicity
3:17 $0.66
9. Proximate Causes
5:05 $0.66
10. Thaw
4:00 $0.66
11. For Elise
3:17 $0.66
12. The Inexhaustible West of the Heart
3:43 $0.66
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It has everything
I've been waiting for this album for years, having to make do with my lo-res bootlegs and ancient cassette tapes. Now it's finally here and it's worth the wait. From the old classics like Paris to the new classics like For Elise, the songs are simple awesome. Brilliant, smart, sophisticated. And catchy, too! I guarantee you'll be singing along.

Arthur D

Clever, creative and well-crafted -- Costello-like!
This is real songwriting. The comparison to Elvis Costello is appropriate, even if it isn't obvious on the surface: like Elvis, Hardesty writes beautiful, rangy, composed melodies for his vivid, clever lyrics. The lyrics are more plain-spoken than Elivis's, but also possibly on the whole more thoughtful. Like Elvis, the Hopeful Monsters bridge the boundary between contemporary pop/rock and something more like classic mid-century pop with grace and flair.

James Weaver

Great Stuff
Until now I've only heard these songs played live. This is a great recording. Standouts include "If You Change Your Mind," "Old Haunt," and "For Elise." There aren't any bad songs on the disc. And it's a rare thing in popular music to find artists who take the ears and minds of their listeners so seriously. These guys should be stars.

Jessica Norris

Sophisticated pop songs which are both jamming and a delightful challenge to unt
Hardesty has created an album that no 25-year-old could write, with a delicate refrain of promises unfulfilled, opportunities lost, dreams deferred. But, as is obvious in a title of infinite promise, there is nothing morose about the work. The narrators are philosophic about the fate of yesterday’s dreams, and accept human limitations with the sturdy consolations of sweet potato fries, and driftwood bonfires.
The songs often reveal themselves to hinge on a single still, clear emotion, nestled into a complex story. In Memorials, the sacred and profane collide jarringly as a wheeling dealing lobbyist is brought up short by an old man gazing at the spot where he met his wife. In Old haunt, a biotech millionaire (?) revisits the Midwestern town where he once dreamed his future. Other, more plot-driven songs, such as Paris are simply astounding for the poetic density of their story telling. An entire spy novel: French boy meets Prussian girl on the eve of WW2, girl dumps boy, boy gets through the war as a French resistance coder smuggling messages in orchestral scores, girl comes back to him in danger of her life, boy gets her out of the country, but ends up on trial, accused of having a role in the collapse of his spy network. Telling such a story in three in half minutes requires enormous lyrical ability- the feat we have always admired in Hardesty. Yet the album also breathes, offering some refreshingly simple scenes. “A bird’s been stuffed, a pumpkin gutted, a quart of whiskey drunk” sums up a Thanksgiving dinner.
Personally, I was happy to see some straight up pop love songs, too. The resigned but defiant anthem “If you change your mind” is an intelligent adult’s “Hollaback Girl”. And the swelling refrain of “Same Girl” hits just the right stride.
Recommend it to your friends!


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