Album Name Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. Released date May 1986. Labels Warner Music Group Slash Records. Members owning this album0.
Outside Looking In. The Bodeans. BoDeans Outside Looking In gives the listener a real taste of the band. This, being their second studio album, had to compete with their breakthrough '86 album Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams. It succeeds! Sammy Llanas and Kirk Neumann sing their respective hearts out on this album .
Outside Looking In is the BoDeans second studio album, and was released in 1987. It was produced by Jerry Harrison of The Talking Heads. It reached number 86 on the Billboard 200 chart. Following the success of Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams and having been voted Best New American Band by Rolling Stone, the band wished to expand their sound and shed the "roots" label, which they believed categorized their music unfairly. They returned to Los Angeles to work with producer Mike Campbell, but the sessions were shelved after disagreement arose over the album's sound. Campbell wished for the album to resemble Tom Petty's brand of 1960's rock and wanted Kurt Neumann to alter his guitar-playing style accordingly.
After Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams and Outside Looking In they seemed, and sounded, as though they were ready for the big time. I saw them right after the release of Outside Looking In in Cincinnati and there were maybe 100 people. Six months later the same place was sold out. I would’ve guessed the next stop was headlining arenas. But it didn’t shake out that way. They continued recording, with varying degrees of success and quality. For me, the last really strong BoDeans album was their third, Home (until the T-Bone Burnett produced 2008 Still).
But if the BoDeans were four guys with love on their minds, they were also rockers, and the chugging push-and-pull of Neumann's twangy electric leads and Llanas' acoustic rhythm work were a simple but surprisingly powerful combination, and when they locked in with Guy Hoffman's drums and Bob Griffin's bass, they could work magic (and it's still. a mystery how a song as gloriously catchy and uplifting as "Angels" failed to become a hit single). The BoDeans would enjoy greater success down the road, but they never made an album as powerful and satisfying as Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams, where their hearts and their guitars were in perfect sync.
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