Rolling Stone Review: "Life, Love & Hope"
Monday, December 09, 2013

By: Chuck Eddy
Rolling Stone

Five songs on Boston's first album in more than a decade have "love" in their titles; three revise songs from its predecessor, Corporate America. That album came out in 2002, five years before Brad Delp committed suicide. His singing survives on a few tracks here, surrounded by other reassuring voices, male and female. "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love" keeps "More Than a Feeling" chords alive, too; "Sail Away," inspired by Hurricane Katrina, moves from trip-hop to prog-metal. Everywhere, Tom Scholz fine-tunes the angelic-choir harmonies and aerosol-guitar crescendos until they're spotlessly, unmistakably Bostonlike. Some things never change -- but remembering a sound isn't always enough.

A decade in his basement gave Tom Scholz a brand-new Boston album
Sunday, December 08, 2013

By: Brad Wheeler
The Globe and Mail

It's been more than 40 years since Tom Scholz bought a new record album -- or at least listened to one all the way through. Content to be isolated, the perfectionist mastermind behind Boston, the mid-seventies FM-rock machine whose self-titled first album sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, can most days be found right where he's been for much of the past few decades -- in a basement studio in his hometown of Beantown, which is where the methodical, time-resistant rocker took a decade to record Boston's just-released sixth album (Life, Love & Hope) and where we reached him by telephone.

Boston's Tom Scholz: His 10 Essential Albums
Friday, December 06, 2013

By: Russell Hall

Boston's Tom Scholz has always followed a simple premise: if something works, don't change it. Since releasing Boston's classic debut album in 1976, the veteran guitarist has sometimes frustrated fans with his legendary perfectionism, but the long stretches between albums have always been worth the wait. Boston's latest LP--Life, Hope and Love--is no exception. Roiled in 2007 by the tragic death of vocalist Brad Delp, Scholz elected not to replace the singer, but instead took a "vocalist by committee" approach for the new disc. Just as important, Scholz's trademark guitar sound--rife with beautiful tone and soaring sustain--remains a thing of wonder.

"I have only two [electric guitars] and they're both old Les Paul gold tops," Scholz said, in 2002. "Somebody told me that these two guitars were made for only six months--during half of 1968--so there are very few in existence. The amazing thing is that I bought two of them, without knowing that the second one was also from 1968, from that six-month period. I just needed a second guitar before we went on the road, so I snatched it up."

The Once and Future Analog King: Boston's Tom Scholz and the Tales of His Sacred Tapes
Thursday, December 05, 2013

By: Mike Mettler

"Pretty much everything that goes into the music is as analog as I can make it," says Tom Scholz, chief sonic architect of the longtime rock powerhouse known as Boston. It's taken him 10 years to deliver the band's sixth studio album, Life, Love & Hope (Frontiers) -- "But who's counting?" he chuckles -- and discerning audiophiles know it's well worth the wait. Signature stacked harmonies, lovingly layered guitars, emotionally uplifting vocals, sheaves of killer riffs -- what's not to like? (And, yes, Virginia, there will be vinyl, sometime in early 2014.) "All I can say is the tone, the sound, and the way it's all put together is the way I like it," Scholz admits. "And I'm just lucky there are other people who like the same things I do."

Scholz, 66, and I have spoken a few times about our mutual audio-centric passions over the years, and this time, he and I discuss how he felt the need to recast certain songs for Life, recording onto tape, how emotion ties into that unique Boston sound, and why he thinks analog will always trump digital. "The whole purpose of making music to me is the emotion," Scholz emphasizes. "That's why I do it. It gives me a feeling of awe or something else that can only come from music. That's my whole point for doing it for me, for our fans, and for any listener: Creating an emotion to respond to." One might even say it's more than a feeling.

Interview: Tom Scholz of Boston: 'It's Just A Matter Of Trying To Do The Best I Can'
Wednesday, December 04, 2013

By: Brian Ives

Boston are one of the quintessential bands of '70s classic rock, possibly because they released two LPs in that decade, a feat of prolific album recording that they have yet to top. We're not kidding: they debuted with their 1976 classic self-titled album and followed it up with lightning speed (for them, anyway) with 1978′s Don't Look Back. But each subsequent decade has seen Tom Scholz and company release just one album. Like the Paul Masson Winery who sell no wine before its time, Scholz spends a lot of time working on Boston albums before they reach the public. A lot of time. He spoke about why it takes so long to finish an album, the possibility of a Boston box set (don't hold your breath) and more seriously, the matter of using vocals by Boston's late singer Brad Delp on the band's brand new album, Life, Love & Hope.

Steele Creek singer featured on new Boston album
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

By: John Marks
Fort Mill Times

LAKE WYLIE -- With what he's been through the past five years, it's a wonder Tommy DeCarlo is only coming out with an album and not a big budget movie.

Then again, it isn't just any album.

The 48-year-old Steele Creek resident is the lead vocalist on four of the dozen songs on the newest Boston album, which goes on sale today, Dec. 3. "Life, Love & Hope" is the first Boston release since 2002. It will be the sixth album - not counting a greatest hits release in 1996 - for the band known for its classic rock sound and singles "More Than a Feeling," "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda."

It's also the first original album featuring DeCarlo, who began performing and touring with the band in 2007.

"The unmistakeable Boston sound is within this record, and that's a wonderful thing for the fans," DeCarlo said.

'Life, Love & Hope' Review: Boston Returns Strong On New Album
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

By: Wayne Parry
Associated Press

Boston "Life, Love & Hope" (Frontiers)

Give Tom Scholz credit for knowing one of the core tenets of business success: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

On Boston's first album in 11 years, and the first since the tragic death of legendary vocalist Brad Delp in 2007, the band sticks with its tried-and-true sound, one that has come to nearly define the classic rock genre.

From the first time the world heard "More Than a Feeling" in the 1970s, Boston burned its way into rock's DNA with an identifiable sound: layer upon layer of angry guitars, harmonic solos and angelic vocals backing Delp, who could hit notes only dogs could hear.

There's an unreleased Delp track here, "Sail Away," about the government's response to Hurricane Katrina, and it's the only one of the three Delp tracks on this album that's new. Two others -- "Someone" and "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love" appeared on the band's "Corporate America" album, but Scholz was never really happy with them and has rebuilt them from top to bottom while keeping the original Delp vocals.

Other songs don't fare as well, including "If You Were in Love" with Kimberley Dahme's nothing-special vocals.

"Heaven on Earth," with David Victor singing lead could be a hit single -- that is, if all the Boston fans who were "Smokin'" in the '70s remain loyal to a group who helped define what rock 'n' roll sounded like for many years.

Life, Love & Hope: Tom Scholz Talks Gear, the Wonders of Analog Recording and Boston's New Album
Monday, December 02, 2013

By: John Katic
Guitar World

Boston's Tom Scholz has been blazing ground with new technology since before the band's groundbreaking self-titled debut album in 1976.

Scholz has remained the foundation of the band for more than 37 years and, along the way, has composed and recorded countless rock staples and developed his line of Rockman guitar products.

One thing that hasn't changed is Scholz's approach to recording. In this age of Pro Tools and Garageband, when results often can be quick, Scholz prefers his tried-and-true methods of analog recording. The results can be heard on Boston's new album, Life, Love & Hope.

We recently got inside the head of the mastermind to talk about the process.

Boston tries to keep spirit alive on 'Life, Love & Hope'
Monday, December 02, 2013

By: Steve Morse
Boston Globe

As the years go by, it's more clear than ever that Brad Delp was one of rock's greatest pure singers. His death in 2007 created a huge void for the band Boston. Founder/producer Tom Scholz (above) does his best to compensate with multiple replacement singers on this new album (Boston's first in 11 years), but it's the three carryover songs with Delp that provide the most buzz. Two are either remixed or remade from the last disc, "Corporate America," including "Someone" (with Delp soaring into his patented high-tenor realm) and "Didn't Mean to Fall in Love," showcasing some silky R&B stylings. Delp and Kimberley Dahme share lead vocals on the stately polemic "Sail Away," about how the Bush White House botched the Hurricane Katrina cleanup. Most other songs are familiar Boston-style, love-song fare, with Scholz's layered guitars and arena-rock riffs aligned behind different lead singers Tommy DeCarlo, David Victor, Dahme (a tender "If You Were in Love"), and Scholz himself on the erratic "Love Got Away." What has gotten away is the magic that Delp brought, but give Scholz credit for trying to plug the gap, though with up-and-down results. Boston diehards will be intrigued, but the overall album might not translate to the general public. (Out Tuesday)

Essential "Sail Away"

Tom Scholz Explores 'Life, Love & Hope' on Boston's New Album
Tuesday, November 26, 2013

By: Matt Wardlaw
Ultimate Classic Rock

It's been 11 years since Boston released their last album, 'Corporate America.' If you were starting to think that there wouldn't be another Boston album in your lifetime, you weren't alone. As Tom Scholz shared with us during an exclusive interview, there were times when he too wondered if he would be able be able to finish the album he had been working on over the past decade.

"There's always the question of whether I'm going to finish it," Scholz says. "I certainly had that concern this time. It's hard to think at all or let yourself think about the end result when you know you've got so far to go."

Scholz was able to find the finish line in the long run, and 'Life, Love & Hope,' the resulting album, will be in stores on Dec. 3 -- just in time for him to enjoy a break for the holidays. It's a pause in the action that he says is long overdue. "These recording projects are so intense that most of my life gets put on hold while they're going on," he says. "There's loads of things I'd love to be doing! Right now, I think I'd just like to have a vacation."

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