The 7th album, 4th studio album, and 1st album in 6 years by Cassendre Xavier, a singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist described as "a cross between Tracy Chapman, Sade, and Enya" (Steven M. Wilson, Borders Music).
“A gorgeously minimalist showcase for Xavier’s throaty Tracy-Chapman-via-Dar-Williams sincerity,Hope assembles catchy, original acoustic ballads, like the sweetly spiritual “Forever Home” and the plaintive title track, “Hope (Find Me This Way)” alongside a surprisingly eclectic roster of well-conceived covers. None of us may have been looking for the raw emotional truth hidden inside J.Lo’s pre-fab plastic single “If You Had My Love,” but somehow Xavier finds it and redeems it; likewise, her mellow retrofit of Green Day’s “When I Come Around” into folksinger idiom is oddly comfortable. The high point is her transcendent rendition of Dylan’s “Boots of Spanish Leather”—a song about the slow fadeout of an expired romance, but Xavier’s take is upbeat and life-affirming, reminding us that goodbyes need not be tragic when they can honor and celebrate the beauty that’s come before while looking with hope and faith toward the horizon.”
--Stephen Segal, music critic, Philadelphia Weekly, February 11, 2015
released February 13, 2015
Cassendre Xavier: Vocals, whistling, guitar, co-production, art direction
Giscard "Giz" Xavier: Engineering, co-production, graphic design
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