Show your love for “Hoping for a Miracle”

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#16 Post by onzio » Mon 27 Jan 2020, 10:46 am

I really love it. I agree that is the best track on the album. I like also the way it is followed by I don't wanna. This is the best part of this album. The middle bit reminds me also of Hit Music coda. The vocals are well produced, the chord change is really various but still catchy. The melody is interesting even after a massive "listen on repeat". There isn't a thing I don't like about it.
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#17 Post by Barn » Mon 27 Jan 2020, 9:49 pm

yup, best song on Hotspot for me too.

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#18 Post by Roundhead General » Mon 27 Jan 2020, 10:36 pm

After repeated listens it’s still my favourite song and that’s some achievement as there is plenty of competition on the album.


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#19 Post by jules » Mon 27 Jan 2020, 10:58 pm

I do love i don't wanna and Hoping for a miracle. Two stand out tracks. I don't listen to the singles and i have no idea if i like Wedding. I don't wanna is a kind of miserablism. Hoping is beautiful and i like tracks that tells a story. The instrumentals are great too.

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#20 Post by Debussy » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 11:01 am

It's the standout for me. The bridge is gorgeous like a warm bath.

This is the kind of song i yearn for from each album. They always deliver a beautiful gem.



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#21 Post by Future Lover » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 2:22 pm

Any idea on what the vocodered voice is saying? The only bit that's not available in the official lyrics?
What shocks me more is that the first seven seconds have the "It's been this way since life began" verse in a very distorted, barely audible way. Bowie-esque!

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#22 Post by Jeff226 » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 3:22 pm

The riff is the best sound on the entire album... its haunting and perfect. I want an extended mix, and some shortening of the bridge in the middle maaaaybe.

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#23 Post by Sandy Shaw » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 7:41 pm

Wonderful song. I realised that (too me at least) there are faint echos of Song for Guy (one of the chord changes in particular).
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#24 Post by Sage » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 8:10 pm

Future Lover wrote:
Tue 28 Jan 2020, 2:22 pm
Any idea on what the vocodered voice is saying? The only bit that's not available in the official lyrics?
What shocks me more is that the first seven seconds have the "It's been this way since life began" verse in a very distorted, barely audible way. Bowie-esque!
To me it says "falling down".

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#25 Post by Future Lover » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 9:37 pm

Yeah, pretty much hear it too, but there seems to be an extra word in between. Well, let's wait for "Annually".

I project strongly to the lyrics. As a Millennial (TM), I used to be a precocious kid, best in class, one of the best in my generation actually, the world was supposed to be my oyster. I knew not if, but when. But then reality hit me, I had to choose money over my dreams, and now forever stuck in a desire for a "miraculous career". f*** Tony Blair, this is my song.

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#26 Post by ype » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 9:54 pm

I love it, it's simply one of their best songs ever.
Someone else might have said this elsewhere, but the hook reminds me of That's my impression.

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#27 Post by NikacP0kac » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10:01 pm

Could be miles off, could be correct.

My ears say the vocoder lyrics are "Stop me from getting better."

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#28 Post by Tom Angel » Tue 28 Jan 2020, 10:01 pm

Is it Chris also doing a slight vocal at the end there too?

I love it. SO good. I like that it's hard to hear what's going on at the end.
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#29 Post by rojak » Thu 30 Jan 2020, 1:15 pm

This ballad is pretty close to perfect, me thinks.
Does anyone know what the vocoder line says?
And isn't the bridge simply THE sublime high point of the album? It just took my
breath away! When Neil goes, Hello, hello, for some reason, i was thinking of David Bowie...
Lastly, does the song actually covers 2 different narrators/people?

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#30 Post by CroMagnon » Thu 30 Jan 2020, 2:53 pm

Hoping for a miracle could slot into any one of the previous 13 albums and improve it. Things I love:

- the wonderful keyboard riff, not just the notes, but the instrumentation / sounds
- the effortless transitions from section to section, as if the song has always existed - how could it not have previously existed? - moving from verse to bridge to chorus into middle eight
- the way that the riff emerges again underneath the second part of the second verse
- the melody change and additional vocals in the final chorus, and Neil's additional vocals
- the way it sounds like the the song is going to fade with a resigned sigh ... 'with no room for manoeuvre' ... then the keyboard riff appears again one final time, then the unexpected half-heard talky bit comes in ... then the song ends and there are the tiny vinyl crackles.

It's a magnificent successor to King's Cross and Luna Park; not quite as amazing as the former, better than the latter. Best PSB track since The way it used to be.
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