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Fifty Shades of Yellow

by The Yellow Hope Project

An adult's guide to love, loss, and regret.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Dreams Bring Me to You
3:19 $0.99
2. Could You Find It in Your Heart to Love Me?
2:10 $0.99
3. Going Back Alone
4:19 $0.99
4. Don't' You Agree?
3:27 $0.99
5. I'm Sad That You're Gone
3:35 $0.99
6. When We Make Our Most Important Decisions
3:20 $0.99
7. Unhinged, Unglued and Undone
4:43 $0.99
8. Drinking for Three
4:37 $0.99
9. The Most Romantic Man in the World
3:16 $0.99
10. You're Never Satisfied
3:18 $0.99
11. I Have Loved All the Love That I Will Love
2:57 $0.99
12. Now Now. Not Ever.
3:46 $0.99
13. A Final Plea to a New Prescription
4:03 $0.99
14. Not Meant for Me
2:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
Featured Artists
Isaac Alexander on Vocals
Al Gamble on Organ, Wurlitzer, and Piano
Paul Griffith on Drums
Chris Michaels on Bass and Guitar
Greg Spradlin on Guitars
Syd Straw on Vocal
Christopher Thomas on Bass
Dylan Turner on Tambourine
Jason Weinheimer on Guitar

All songs by Arnold Kim (Ginka Ginka Songs, ASCAP)
Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Jason Weinheimer

Recorded at Fellowship Hall, Little Rock, Arkansas
Additional Recording at Manny's Estudio, Los Angeles, California
Mastered by Paul Marinaro, Piety Street Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana
Designed by Scott Gagner, Gagner Design



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Andrew Greenhalgh

The Yellow Hope Project, Fifty Shades of Yellow
[N.B. Reprinted from]

From the first strains of “My Dreams Bring Me To You,” the single that opens up The Yellow Hope Project’s second album, Fifty Shades of Yellow, listeners know that they’ve stumbled upon something just a little bit different and well worth listening to.

Much of that uniqueness stems from band front man and songwriter, Arnold Kim. Kim “is a second-generation Korean-American and a first-generation Southerner who grew up in Louisiana.” It’s through that “outside-from-within perspective” that Kim is able to approach his music so differently, channeling elements of soul, blues, country, pop, and more into his sound. His southern roots shine through but find themselves accented with elements of just about every other genre, creating a shimmering display that works well throughout the whole of Fifty Shades of Yellow.

That display opens up with the airy and lighthearted singer-songwriter fare of “My Dreams Bring Me To You,” Kim setting his vocal tone early with an easy, peaceful delivery while supporting the track with acoustic tones, brushed drums, and some great organ work from Al Gamble, a theme that undergirds the whole album. “Could You Find It In Your Heart to Love Me?” carries a similar tone, jaunty electric guitar notes pushing the track forward, accented by some baritone guitar that provides a bit of color before segueing into the playfully humorous heartbreak of “Going Back Alone” with it’s solid background vocals providing support to the soulful track.

“Don’t You Agree?” finds the artist plumbing his southern roots with a rootsy duet with Syd Straw and offering up the first big highlight of the album. Gamble’s organ and piano work is pure artistry and Greg Spradlin’s electric guitar work provides that perfect barroom feel as Kim and Straw harmonize, singing of love and heartbreak. Another highlight follows right behind with the moody vibe of “I’m Sad That You’re Gone,” Kim’s voice evoking poignant yet poised emotion while Paul Griffith plots a slow but steady course on drums, Gamble’s organ again shining through it all.

“When We Make Our Most Important Decisions” provides something lighter, jazz influences stepping through at points before opening up onto “Unhinged, Unglued, and Undone,” another clear highlight. It’s a moody track in the vein of “Don’t You Agree?” and allows guitarist Chris Michaels a chance to show his stuff, providing a killer solo on electric guitar while Kim offers up a melancholy lyric. That melancholy shifts to a smile on “Drinking for Three,” however as Kim borrows from the blues, Christopher Thomas’ bass thumping home a solid rhythm while Spradlin and Kim deliver tasty guitar licks throughout.

Kim brings his sense of humor to bear once again on “The Most Romantic Man in the World,” offering up playful, solidly sung lyrics while surrounded by a Burt Bacharach-styled arrangement with ebbing and flowing organ fills, skillfully plucked guitars, and more brushed drums before getting down and dirty with the funky soul of “You’re Never Satisfied,” another album highlight. A tale of lighthearted woe, painted in an indie pop palette, is found on “I Have Loved All the Love That I Will Love” as “Not Now. Not Ever.” flows in with Kim’s most impassioned vocal delivery, accented with more of Al Gamble’s stellar organ fills.

“A Final Plea to Prescription” is a sad slow-burner, acoustic guitar opening the track up before being joined by the full band and resonating with the painful lyric, “Just let me be sad” as “Not Meant for Me” closes the album out with a resonating old school arrangement, honky tonk-styled piano blending with organ tones and Griffith’s perky percussion. It’s a diverse, eclectic ending to an album that evidences the same.

If one had to put a finger on the success of The Yellow Hope Project’s Fifty Shades of Yellow, they’d have to look in two places. First, to front man Arnold Kim. Kim’s arrangements are solid, particularly when they’re played with such finesse and skill as they are here. Plus, Kim has a great voice and knows how to use it. Never once here does he over-sing the lyric, rather keeping things in his wheelhouse and doing the best with what he’s got. The other X-factor to be had here lies in Al Gamble’s keyboards. Whether he’s playing the organ or tinkling the ivories, Gamble delivers each and every time, providing nuanced textures to these tracks that would leave them feeling hollow and empty were that influence not there.

And with those two huge elements in place, The Yellow Hope Project stands poised to make a splash on the scene. While some may not identify with Kim’s diverse palette right away, those who take the time won’t be disappointed in the least.