Hello Destiny...

Hello Destiny...

by Goldfinger

CD

Overview

Goldfinger discuss some serious issues on Hello Destiny... -- political activism, suicidal despair, breakups, war, religion, media exploitation, and political prisoners -- but do so with such bright, exuberant melodies that it's easy to overlook the lyrics. This makes the album work on two levels, engaging those who are there for the sociopolitical messages (albeit not particularly inspired or original ones) or just the fun and breezy nature of the tunes (albeit not particularly inspired or original ones). While the performances are solid on Hello Destiny..., there's nothing exceptional on display. Instead, John Feldmann, Kelly Lemieux, Charlie Paulson, and Darrin Pfeiffer sound settled in their groove. They're comfortable with each other and their influences, which allows the group to dabble in a myriad of styles here, including punk-pop, ska, and hardcore, while still maintaining a surprisingly smooth and consistent listen. Even the tough subjects dealt with in Feldmann's lyrics blend in nicely, thanks to his playful vocals. However, the bounce can't hide the more controversial items on offer (such as the manic "Handjobs for Jesus," which snidely takes both religious conservatives and George W. Bush to task, or "Free Kevin Kjonaas," an incessantly catchy number that advocates the release of an incarcerated animal rights activist), and that could make some listeners uneasy. Still, Hello Destiny... is at its heart a good-natured album, and it's refreshing to hear a band take on societal ills with hope instead of fury. It's by no means an essential album, but it's certainly a fun and educational one.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2008
Label: Side One Dummy
UPC: 0603967135121
catalogNumber: 71351

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Goldfinger   Primary Artist
John Feldmann   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Ray Cappo   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kelly Lemieux   Bass,Vocals
Monique Powell   Violin,Guest Appearance
Dean Butterworth   Percussion
Charlie Paulson   Guitar,Vocals
Bert McCracken   Violin,Guest Appearance
Ian Watkins   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Josephine Collective   Violin,Guest Appearance
Dillon Teague Devoe   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Matt "Hippie" Appleton   Horn,Keyboards,Vocals
Julian Feldmann   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Darrin Pfeiller   Drums
Alex Sanuate   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Steve Moir   Management
John Feldmann   Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Stephanie Brownstein   Management
Kyle Moorman   Engineer
Matt "Hippie" Appleton   Engineer
Kevin Kjonaas   Liner Notes

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Hello Destiny... 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is amazing! Goldfinger has always been my favorite band, even though their last CD was sort of a flop. But this CD sounds like they're returning to their very loud, very fast roots. They are currently streaming all the songs from their album on their Myspace for fans to get a taste of the album before they buy it.