15 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For millennia, lullabies have calmed babies—a testament to the elemental bonding power of music. Inspired by Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, Hopes & Dreams unites world-renowned artists from a variety of genres—pop, jazz, classical, world music, and folk—in a shared celebration of this most tender of music. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Noah”), mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (“Peace”), alt-rock singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant (“Hey Baby Boy”), and Beninese musician and activist Angélique Kidjo (“Esso, Esso”), to name just a few, bring magic and richness to some extraordinary, original, and often witty songs. The final, joyful “Dream Big” brings together a spectacular cast of soloists, choirs, and instrumentalists.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

For millennia, lullabies have calmed babies—a testament to the elemental bonding power of music. Inspired by Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, Hopes & Dreams unites world-renowned artists from a variety of genres—pop, jazz, classical, world music, and folk—in a shared celebration of this most tender of music. Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Noah”), mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (“Peace”), alt-rock singer/songwriter Natalie Merchant (“Hey Baby Boy”), and Beninese musician and activist Angélique Kidjo (“Esso, Esso”), to name just a few, bring magic and richness to some extraordinary, original, and often witty songs. The final, joyful “Dream Big” brings together a spectacular cast of soloists, choirs, and instrumentalists.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

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The KKH ,

A Mediocre Album with a Few Decent Tracks

As of writing this review, lullabies are one of my favorite genres of music, especially when made well. The idea of bringing together artists from various musical backgrounds to sing on an album paying tribute to lullabies may sound like a good one at first, but the end result is a forgettable collection of compositions about babies and the like. The only songs I actually enjoy listening to from Hopes and Dreams are "Peace" by Joyce DiDonato, "Mother's Day" by Pretty Yende, and "Esso, Esso" by Angelique Kidjo. Rhiannon Giddens's "My Baby Likes Bacon", aside from being flat-out weird, does not fit stylistically with the rest of the album. It is too upbeat and fast to be considered a lullaby in my opinion. The rest of the tracks are too boring, bland, and/or repetitive to mention here. If you are into vocal jazz, folk, world music, and/or classical music, specifically opera, I recommend giving Hopes and Dreams a listen. If you are like me, it is probably best if you just skip over this one.