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Jackie Cane


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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00006JYRC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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SONY 504246; SONY - Italia;

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Recorded in 2002 this album being the follow on from the fantastic "The Magnificent Tree" is a whole concept album devoted to a fictional singer called Jackie Cane. The character is actually first found on a song on The Magnificent Tree and it would appear the band and writers took the character to develop this album.

I'm not entirely sure whether this album was formally released in the Uk hence why it is only available as an import. It certainly stands out as a different to Hooverphonic's other work and my feeling is that the tracks are all similar with nothing that much to stand between. That is not to say the album as a whole is not pleasant with the wonderful Geike Arnaert's vocals standing out strongly and there is a heavily reliance on string arrangement (probably trying to cash in a bit on the sound of the commercially successful singly 'Mad About You' on 'The Magnificent Tree'). Interspersed are samples from the Walker Brothers to Zero-G's 'Deepest India'.

Therefore not a bad effort but just doesn't quite do it in the same way that their other albums have. However, that should not put you off buying it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Hey Sony, what did you do with the new Hooverphonic album?? 20 Oct 2002
By David Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The latest album from Hooverphonic is mysteriously unavailable in most of the world at this point in time (October '02), with no American release in site. (Amazon U.K. doesn't even have a listing for it). Of course, SONY Music, the ones most likely behind the meatheaded decision to release the album only in non-English-speaking areas of Europe, has simply forced me to diligently find and download the entire album over the internet, whereas given the choice to simply buy the album, I would have done so. Well, at least I can report on the album. Hooverphonic continue to veer away from the cool, experimental trip-hop they forged on albums like "Blue Wonder Power Milk" (my favorite!) to the more pop-inflected, mass-appeal sound of their last release "The Magnificent Tree". "Hooverphonic Presents Jackie Cane" is a concept album of sorts, revolving around the fictional character of Jackie Cane, who actually first popped up in a self-titled song on "Tree". In fact, the album itself often sounds like a soundtrack to a movie, highly-orchestrated, and often bright and cheery (not exactly a hallmark of Hooverphonic past), as evidenced on the new single The World is Mine. Thankfully that song has turned out to be my least favorite on the album, and while this is not the direction I'd hoped they'd take with this new release, there's still enough of the "old Hoover" in songs like Shampoo and One that helps me to overcome the blandness of piano-and-vocal songs like The Kiss and Last Supper. Hooverphonic has had the ability to write some of the most unique and stirring music I've heard over the last several years (who else but Hooverphonic could write something like Renaissance Affair or This Strange Effect??), only to now aim for the dreaded "larger audience" as a way to success, and in the process, let their seamless blend of experimental melodic trip-hop become their footnote. A good album, by a band who could easily have done better.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! Has to grow on you though.. 5 Jan 2003
By Peter Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For those of us who have been Hooverphonic fans from the word 'go', this album was hard to swallow. As ever though, it gets better over time.
'Human Interest' is classic Hooverphonic all-over, string laden trip-hop. It's 'Battersea' mixed with 'Eden', and is any bit as good as anything else they've done.
'The World is Mine' is not classic Hooverphonic at all, but in the context of this album it works extremely well. This is probably my favourite track on the album. If you can't get your head out of ye olde Hooverphonic mindset, you probably won't like this.. but then again, you probably don't like any band that experiments with their sound.
The album drags its feet in places, like in Nirvana Blue or Sad Song, but in both cases you're rewarded with an overall excellent song, even if it takes a while to get there. Sad Song shows Geike's voice at its peak, she sounds amazingly like Jewel.
In the end though, we have an amazing album here, and all listeners are rewarded with the amazing 'The Kiss' as the last track. Anyone with an ounce of nostalgia in their body could appreciate this.
My advice is to forget about who Hooverphonic were, and just enjoy this release in its own right. It's not another Blue Wonder Power Milk, but it's a beautiful Hooverphonic musical. And to all of those who think 'The World is Mine' is awful, just listen to how amazingly tight it is, how great the musicians are, and how well it's produced.
You might not like the style, but it reeks professionalism. A true hallmark of a Hooverphonic album.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Best Hooverphonic 8 July 2003
By Adam Kruvand - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Hooverphonic album by far. If you don't know - Hooverphonic is Downtempo / Trip-hop most similar to Portishead and Lamb. These arrangements are very symphonic - including the most popular track - "Sometimes" - and most if not all tracks include vocals.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Like a good wine, it gets better with age... 7 Feb 2003
By F. Moeller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Hooverphonic are one of the few groups I make an effort to go and see when they tour. I have to admit I was originally very disheartened with Jackie Cane but now, after listening to it a few more times, my opinion has changed and I'm nowhere near as depressed with my purchase as I originally was.
For those of you who know their earlier work, I'm a "Battersea, Out of Sight, Eden, Vinegar and Salt, Mad about You" kinda-a-guy, and the tracks on the Jackie Cane CD are, like their previous CD's, very hit or miss. By far the best track on this CD is "Human Interest", and it is followed by "Nirvana", "The World is Mine" and "One". The rest of the CD is ho-hum and not nearly as good.
Hooverphonic try to experiment somewhat later in the CD and they get away from what I love them for. The Buddhist meditative track "Jackie's Delight" works fairly well. The Bjorkish "Sad Song", "Shampoo", "Others Delight", "Opium" and "The Last Supper" are really just inconsequential filler. I went straight to sleep. The CD wraps up with "The Kiss" with its piano and orchestra sounds like the theme song to some dreadfully soppy and forgettable TV movie.
The second CD has a couple of interesting remixes of "Eden" and "Out of Sight", and an interesting take of "Vinegar and Salt".
I absolutely hate buying CD's and getting one or two good songs. Although I was at first uninspired and somewhat disillusioned, this double-CD set, even as a higher-priced import, in the end passes as a good buy. There are four tracks definitely worth having, and a couple of decent remixes of some of my old favorites.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Every Time We Listen Together You Get A Little Worse 24 Dec 2002
By M. T. J. ANDERTON - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a very interesting album to attempt to sum up. It would probably a fair assumption to say the Hooverphonics are better and worse than ever before. The old trip-hop/pop sound has all but disappeared in favour for a huge, expansive orchestral sound which actually first surfaced on 'Blue Wonder Powder Milk' and was continued on 'The Magnificent Tree'. I think their sound is now just over-ripe, whereas 'The Magnificent Tree' was their best album. I think they need to regain a more experimental edge, and possible ditch the orchestras for their next album. Their are of course several high points on this album (after all this is The Hooverphonics we are talking about!) Sometimes, One, Human Interest and Shampoo are all of high quality. However you can't help notice the 'sheen' added to the songs and one cant help wonder if this is an attempt to appeal to a wider audience which is a shame. If their next album carries on in the same vein then I may not consider purchasing any more material by them, however if their is an improvement then I hope to buy many more albums from them.
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