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Hocus Pocus [CD]

Enon Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B0000AWULG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shave
2. The Power Of Yawning
3. Murder Sounds
4. Storm The Gates
5. Daughter In The House Of Fools
6. Mikazuki
7. Candy
8. Monsoon
9. UTZ
10. Spanish Boots
11. Starcastic
12. Litter In The Gutter
13. Hocus Pocus

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dance music for punx 19 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I wasn't expecting a new Enon album so soon after 2002's High Society, but I'm not complaining: the melodiousness of that album drew favourable comparisons with Weezer (and that's quite a compliment.) On Hocus Pocus we get more of the same: 13 fizzy, catchy, punky, songs, most of them suitable for the dancefloor. The members of Enon have long cv's (see Brainiac, Blonde Redhead, etc.) and have a knack for turning diverse ingredients into hummable tunes.
The singers on Hocus Pocus are Toko Yasuda and John Schmersal. Toko sounds demure (as female Japanese vocalists often do) while John's voice ranges from a breathy, 'lounge' croon (a bit like Stephen Malkmus in his quieter moments) to a howl. Only two tracks feature both singers; the rest are evenly split. Likewise with the instrumentation - a few tracks employ guitars and synths, while most feature one but not the other.
All the songs have a kitschy, trashy quality: the cover artwork is appropriate. John's lyrics are cryptic and quite possibly postmodern (I still don't understand that term). There's no message to Hocus Pocus and certainly no angst; John has said that the band's only aim is to have fun. If you are at all like me, you'll find it contagious. There's nothing remotely dreary about this record - it's playful, it's got the wide dynamics of The Pixies and it's fresh. The band are as adept at playing it slow (as on Candy, a beautiful song) as at playing it fast (as on The Power of Yaw Ning (surely some kind of joke?), which sees John ripping it up and ending on an extra vowel, Mark E. Smith fashion.) Toko sings in English, except on Mikazuki, which she sings in Japanese over a synthesiser tune that sounds like the incidental music from a Kurosawa film set in the Middle Ages.
Hocus Pocus could be just the record for you if you crave melody (there's not a lot of it about at the moment) and/or are fed up with depressing 'issues rock'.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 7 April 2004
By pyxis360 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the latest release from Enon and it's every bit as magical as their last kick-ass album, "High Society". This is band that just knows how to write and record really catchy electro-pop-rock-trash that merits listen upon listen. If you liked High Society you'll love this just as much. It follows the same varied performances, never dull, always catchy, loaded with hooks and uncompromising vocals...especially from Toko who takes a bit more of the mic on this one. I saw these guys recently at the ATP festival here in England and they rocked it hard and (...). Get this, you will not be disapointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Frivolous eccentricities 6 Dec 2008
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
2 1/2

Enon is an indie band you actually want to appreciate. Their chameleon-like, blank slate, track-by-track approach puts them something akin to the underground Ween, with subtler, though intact humor. But they over-try on so much of their material. This album is full of those kind of tracks- cool ideas that do not nearly effectively gel enough. Hearing a memorably unique standout track like "Daughter in the House of Fools", the disposable nature of most tracks is even more obvious.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting 21 Sep 2005
By Harvey M. Abouelata - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not sure there is anything else that needs to be said. Everything about this CD is fantastic.
4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wont dissapoint 6 Dec 2003
By "isisrob" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
if yur thinking of this go for it. sum people prefer their earlier stuff but some people always do.
you'd be stoked if you got this for chanukah.
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