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The House That Jack Built [CD]

Jesca Hoop Audio CD
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The House That Jack Built deftly showcases Jesca Hoop’s unflinching tendency to pull focus from widescreen to close-up. Part siren song, part grim warning, it achieves a perspective-warping balance between the haunting intimacy of Hoop’s delivery and an unconfined air of horizon-scanning grandeur from the outset – tempestuous, moodily melodic opener ‘Born To’ ... Read more in Amazon's Jesca Hoop Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jesca Hoop Curuja
  • ASIN: B007N0CLJI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Born To 3:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pack Animal 2:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Peacemaker 4:430.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hospital (Win Your Love) 3:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The House That Jack Built 4:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Ode To Banksy 4:060.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Dig This Record 4:010.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. DNR 4:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Deeper Devastation 4:460.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. When I'm Asleep 3:230.89  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

When Jesca Hoop drew attention with 2009’s Hunting My Dress, much was made of a history including time spent living “off the grid” and working as Tom Waits’ nanny. Lively as the CV was, though, Hoop’s songs and voice proved equally singular, her stark elegies, surreal dream-folk, skronky blues-pop and murder ballads landing on-target no matter how freely the California-born, Manchester-based singer-songwriter ranged.

Hoop’s third album repeats her second’s tricks, only more so: broader, friskier and sharper, its earthy and mercurial spins on alt-folk brim with charisma, feeling and fecund reserves of imagination.

Hoop’s wrong-footing instincts kick in on the opening Born To, an atypical power-folk motivator that seems too on-the-nose for a singer so fleet. But her vivid imagination sparks in elemental images - “spin her out of dust into rock and fire” – and her voice skirts obvious melodies, circling the lyrics like an interrogation.

Questing instincts ferry Hoop to songs of selfhood (Pack Animal) and sexuality (Peacemaker) next – one introspective, the other gutsy and empowered, style matched to subject. That exacting touch also drives Ode to Banksy, a street-art celebration that possesses an enthused melodic vibrancy evocative of inspiration’s rush.

But Hoop is at her best when she roots her flightiness in deep soil. Reflecting on her dad’s death in the title track and D.N.R., she strips back the production and strips the breath away, raising tough dilemmas (“My sister asked / Are we praying for him to pass?”) over a plucked guitar that haunts like an unresolved question.

Parent problems power the infectious Hospital (Win Your Love) too, where Hoop sings as a child craving injury to earn her parents’ attentions. As its rustic rhythms bounce into a cheery chorus (“There’s nothing like a broken arm to win your love”), the playfulness is smartly undercut in a push-pull of light/dark typical of Hoop’s grippingly slippery voice: why so miserly with the love, parents?

On the strength of this richly felt, richly imagined album, though, lack of love needn’t concern Hoop. She needs busted limbs like she needs another Waits name-drop to magnetise our interest.

--Colin Irwin

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4.0 out of 5 stars Catchy and Clever 21 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Jesca Hoop singing outside Tate Modern a few years back, was impressed enough to find out more and thus became a fan of her music. This is a very good album with a nice mix of cleverly written songs, several of which you can easily find yourself singing along to. It's an excellent introduction for newcomers to Jesca's music and, if it gets you interested in the back catalogue, then all the better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year 1 Sep 2012
By Po
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this on a whim having heard a track on 6 music. So glad I did as it's the best album I've heard all year. It's full of folky popiness and surprising melodies which can't easily be compared to anything else - maybe a tiny bit like Shawn Colvin at her best?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesca Hoop - The House That Jack Built 27 July 2012
By Sid
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Great album. Just what I expected from this talented artist. I give it all five stars. Nothing more to add, just get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beguiling Presence 28 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
My first encounter with Jesca Hoop was as support act to Teddy Thompson at a
London Southbank Centre "Meltdown" concert in June 2010. She was a beguiling
presence with her warm, quirky voice and unpredictably-structured songs.
Her new album 'The House That Jack Built' confirms my belief that she is a
force to be reckoned with. Perhaps too left-of-centre to conquer the mainstream
but I suspect that's not where she would want to be anyway. If you like Regina
Spektor and Imogen Heep it is very likely that you will find much to admire
here too. These ten compositions are melodically strong and lyrically intriguing.

It's a very varied set ranging from the delicate folksy reflections of 'DNR';
through the powerful resounding chords of 'Peacemaker' with its complex
harmonies and near-Asian ambience; the Wild-West ghost town ebb and flow of
'Deeper Devastation'; to the darkly upbeat ironies of 'Hospital (Win Your Love)'.
The title track 'The House That Jack Built', however, wins the prize for top
track. It is a song which somehow manages to burrow deep into one's soul by
stealth and displays Ms Hoop's impressive vocal range to particularly moving effect.

I have a feeling that this album is going to become a very good friend of mine.

Highly Recommended.
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