- Audio CD (1 Feb. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Last Laugh
- ASIN: B002TN0B3W
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- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Hunting My Dress [Re-Release] CD
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This beguiling Californian – now based in Manchester – has already gleaned a highly impressive array of admirers. Tom Waits, no less, has gone on record as saying that the sound of Jesca Hoop reminds him of “going swimming in a lake at night”. Waits formerly employed Hoop as nanny to his children – but would she have been better suited to a life of tidying away playthings over making discs?
On the strong evidence presented by second album Hunting My Dress: not a chance. A sensual, eccentric and often frankly odd-sounding record, it exudes oodles of charisma and originality, thanks mostly to Hoop's delightfully freaky take on traditional folk convention. Guy Harvey of Elbow is another huge fan, and his duet with her, Murder of Birds, is an immediate standout on this collection. A touch of Edgar Allen Poe is clear to hear in lines such as “I've got demons / when I need 'ems”.
Obvious comparisons are there to be made when listening to Hoop's impressive vocal range and almost scholarly attention to lyrical detail, the quickest to spring to mind being Björk and Kate Bush. But that's not to say that this record is either hackneyed of design or unapproachable for those with only an ear for the easiest pop. Stadium sing-alongs might be thin on the ground, but these really are songs that linger long in the memory.
Some leathery and fibrous arrangements prevent ballads like Tulip from slipping much into the ephemeral, and the sheer ambition of Hoop’s attempts to cram so many disparate musical styles into one place – from madrigals to show tunes – make this hotly tipped talent fully deserving of the current buzz around her.
Right to leave a career of comparative servitude behind, Hoop’s latest collection is an utterly delicious and impressively inventive journey into the mindset of a talent sure to grow in confidence and stature over the next 12 months. --Rob Crossan
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Top Customer Reviews
When using the term Folk to describe music people tend to run a mile. Jesca has created an album that is heavy in folk influence however she brings it to the main stream with some great melodies and on one track the help of Guy Garvey from Elbow.
This album and her previous album 'Kismet' are well worth checking out. And if you get the opportunity, have a look for her playing live this summer as she is popping up in a couple of places over the course of the Summer. I know I will be.
Also check out Tom Waits Glitter And Doom Live
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The package arrived sooner than I had thought possible, given that I ordered it so close to Christmas. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2011 by szieler
This is a great albulm, really different to the normal rubbish on the radio. Highly recommneded.Published on 7 April 2010 by J. Roberts
I am a simple soul. There's stuff I like and stuff I don't. See my 5 stars?Published on 10 Mar. 2010 by Mr. R. J. Cleland