The Show Must Go

The Show Must Go

by Hedley

Overview

The first impression you have after hearing The Show Must Go, Hedley's third album, is that the punky Canadians are the stepchildren of Killers and blink-182. Hedley employ the same danceable beats that re-entered the rock lexicon during the late 2000s, and they mix them with simple, straightforward guitar licks and a vocal delivery that teeters on the brink of larger-than-life emoting. The pop-punk influence is responsible for the fact that the songs remain too down-to-earth to pull off the same Las Vegas kitschy flamboyance that Killers excel in, giving Hedley the vibe of a bunch of countryside guys who decided to impersonate pretentious rock stars. It's still as shamelessly primitive as it is catchy, though, which is the main requirement for this sort of music. As the album progresses, the band also dabbles in a variety of other styles that comprise the American rock mainstream (never mind that they are Canadians) -- there's some heavy blues, some post-grunge, and a piano-led semi-ballad that sounds intense enough to be on a Fray record. But the most amusing tracks are the hair metal numbers, a couple of which crop up over the course of the ride. Not that there's anything wrong with channeling Def Leppard and Guns N' Roses, especially when it's done at the same quality level as the rest of Show Must Go -- which is, as was already mentioned, pretty catchy, though not overbearingly so. But it's solid proof that the music of Hedley and other similar bands, despite all the new wave and punk gloss, has the same nature as the cheesy hard rock of yesteryear: it's shallow, frivolous, and unabashed fun of the type that is hard to praise in a serious company, but also hard to dislike.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2011
Label: Edge J26181
UPC: 0602527186405
catalogNumber: 71864

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hedley   Primary Artist
David Bendeth   Percussion
John Feldmann   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Marco d'Angelo   Trumpet
April White   Background Vocals
Dave Genn   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kelly Brock   Background Vocals
Jay Benson   Percussion
Darren Parris   Bass
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin
Chris Crippin   Background Vocals,Group Member
Brian Howes   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Dan Korneff   Keyboards
Bryan Davies   Trumpet
Jacob Hoggard   Keyboards,Voices,Group Member
Dave Rosin   Background Vocals,Sounds,Group Member
Tommy Mac   Background Vocals,Group Member
Dave Eggar   Cello
James Hopson   Trombone
Late Show's Gospel Choir   Choir, Chorus
Jay Van Poederooyen   Percussion,Keyboards
James Robertson   French Horn
Joel Stration   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bendeth   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
David Katz   Composer
John Feldmann   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Dean Maher   Engineer
John Bender   Engineer
Dave Genn   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer
Jon D'Uva   Engineer
Brian Howes   Composer,Producer
Dan Korneff   Programming,Engineer
Garnet   Art Direction
Kato Khandwala   Engineer
Hedley   Composer
Jacob Hoggard   Composer
Dave Rosin   Composer
Erik Ron   Engineer
Kyle Moorman   Engineer
Jay Van Poederooyen   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Christian Crippin   Composer
Thomas Macdonald   Composer
Mitch Milan   Engineer

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