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"Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose" [CD]

Beth Jeans Houghton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (6 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mute Artists
  • ASIN: B0067V72T8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Humble Digs
3. Dodecahedron
4. Atlas
5. NightSwimmer
6. The Barely Skinny Tree
7. Liliputt
8. Veins
9. Franklin Benedict
10. Carousel

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Product Description

Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose introduces one of the most self-assured new artists of the year, a pop polymath whose blend of psychedelia, glam rock and chain gang folk is quite unlike anything else you’re likely to hear in 2012. Like her utterly unique stage outfits, it’s made from disparate individual elements that wouldn’t work on paper, but sing out like a holy choir in the execution. Adding muscle to Beth’s far-ranging vocals are her band The Hooves Of Destiny. Comprising Dav Shiel (drums, vocals samples) Rory Gibson (bass, vocals), Ed Blazey (guitar, trumpet, vocals) and Findlay Macaskill (violin, vocals), they’re a crack unit recruited from Beth’s native North East. Three years in the making, this album was created with producer Ben Hiller (Blur / Elbow / Depeche Mode).

BBC Review

At last, a glamorous Geordie showbiz lass that LA can understand. Twenty-two-year-old Beth Jeans Houghton grew up absorbing albums by Joni Mitchell and the ladies of the canyon and dreamed of decamping to the City of Angels. Quitting school early to fulfil her musical ambitions, by the close of her teens the statuesque blonde with a sophisticated set of pipes – equal parts Imogen Heap, My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden and those aforementioned distaff canyon troubadours – was an industry tip for the top with Next Big Thing practically tattooed on her forehand. In fact, Houghton’s hooves of destiny would be slowed to a canter and the shoo-in to stardom failed to materialise, mainly thanks to the protracted recording of this curiously named debut. Now, it seems, her time has finally come.

Brimming with galloping rhythms, vertiginous, hairpin-turn arrangements, baroque string flourishes, brass fanfaronades and soaring choirs, this never less than striking opening salvo exudes artistic confidence, if not downright chutzpah. Typically, opener Sweet Tooth Bird erupts in an explosion of martial drums, parping trumpets and, by turns, towering and witchy vocal descants which make Florence Welch sound like a shrinking violent by comparison. The chimera-like Humble Digs, meanwhile, finds room for banjos, a vocal steal from Talking Heads’ Air and a grand symphonic pop chorus that might have fallen off an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Even when the torrential, kitchen-sink attack abates, as on the delicate, ukulele-strumming intro to Lilliput, the hurtling drums and gilded string phalanxes are soon pouring over the folky barricades, Houghton surfing the music in a delicious formation of immense overdubbed contralto harmonies.

The tag ‘psychedelic’, which is routinely appended to descriptions of BJH’s music, seems somewhat misplaced. Sure, corrida trumpets straight out of Love’s Forever Changes, and vivid, altered state lyrics about ‘boys with eyes of mercury’ abound, but this is music which evinces at least a passing acquaintance with Tin Pan Alley principles, and, for all its art-folk inspirations, it might have been tailored for a contemporary mainstream audience who like their mellifluous pop cut with a dash of vaulting kookiness.

--David Sheppard

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leicester Bangs Review (2012): 7 Feb 2012
By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny - Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (Mute)
I must stop taking people's Facebook pages as gospel. Beth Jeans Houghton's claims "(She) was born in Transylvania to a pack of albino wolves who raised her on chewing tobacco and stuffed clams. Despite they're hospitality, love conquers all and she soon eloped to scotch corner with her shiny new stallion Peter Andre". I'm sure less than half of that's true. The mild eccentricities of her biography are more than reflected in her music, a merging of Gothic folk, progressive spurts, Kate Bush-esque orchestrated grandeur and pure showmanship. Live, she certainly looks the part, with a bewitching wardrobe of the weird and wondrous; that she's able to carry those feelings of magic and spectacle onto her debut full-length recording is both astonishing and admirable.

The album begins with "Sweet Tooth Bird", with brass and a marching band beat barely settled before Houghton's remarkable vocal takes control. "Humble Digs" seems far more straightforward, but of course it's nothing of the sort as the song breaks down into separate, glorious parts. "Dodecahedron" is lush and quite otherworldly as its dream-lyric unfolds. When taken as a whole "Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose" is really quite enchanting, an exquisite journey into a world that isn't quite there. It's an album to be lived with and cherished - and records like that don't come along too often.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a debut. 1 Mar 2012
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Of all the new albums I've bought this year (quite a few), this is the one I keep returning to. It's a superb debut, combining elements of every musical genre you can think of, but at its heart is great songcraft. There are moments of great intensity and energy, but also wonderful moments of sublety and lightness of touch.

For me, it's my album of the year so far.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Debut 3 Nov 2012
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Every time I mention Beth's music to someone that doesn't know her and they ask what genre it is, I don't know what to say. You can't pigeonhole her. Herself and the Hooves have their own wonderful sound, which is why I love them. They are pretty much the only modern band I listen to or bother keeping up to date with.I don't think you could ask for a better debut album. And when you think the album's finished there's a nice punk send off at the end.
Also, I've had the privilege of getting to know Beth, and she's the kindest person I've ever met. The Hooves are pretty damn cool too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best things in life are worth waiting for 30 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
By some accounts this long-player was a lengthy gestation for the canny Beth but it has arrived in a world which could really benefit from hearing the drama, playfulness and rhythms from this eclectic cocktail of an album which sounds like it was brewed on a ley line connecting the Tyne to Timbuktu via Tijuana. All the tees, you see. Nice. Sometimes you think it's not possible to create a distinctive sound in 2012 but 'Yours Truly...' somehow seems to meld operatic choruses, folky banjo, demon drums and waltzing electronica into the soundtrack of the year. It seems unfair to try and single out a factor that makes this album distinctive but the voice is extraordinary; the most unique, seductive, beguiling, spine tingling vocals. And to prove the point 'Nightswimmer' is the great connection from this generation to Joni Mitchell's 'Marcie'. And someone heard she bought a one-way ticket. And went west again.
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This is an excellent debut album from Geordie songstress Beth Jeans Houghton and her band, the Hooves of Destiny. From the surreal band name, album name and album art, through the programme of great music, this is an album that demands attention. Sold as a folk artist, I feel this tag does Beth Jeans Houghton an injustice. Yes, it has recognisable folk elements, but it is a unique blend of many different styles, notably an Indie rock feel. The music is gentle and stirring, multilayered and always sounding fresh and bouncy. Beth's voice is captivating, equally good at slow burning and intense of faster upbeat songs. A few times when listening to it I have been reminded strongly of All About Eve's Julianne Regan, Beth's voice and the style of the material often bears a great similarity. The music is at times very elegant, but underneath there is a great sense of fun just bubbling away.

I just loved the album from start to finish. I really hope there is more to come from this great band. 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant Love It 5 Sep 2013
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I was not sure how good this album would be having only
heard one track what a great surprise
the album is consistently good right through
different and entertaining beth houghton should
be a household name what a talent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mental case. 19 Mar 2013
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I really like this because it reminds me of ponies and candy floss.

love Sarah, age 4.

Can any one else hear Sparks in this? Punk? Florence? Louis 14th?

There's a touch of the New York madness you get with Joan Wasser but without the clean sounding production.

It's like a stew of brilliant aural flavours that have no right to work together.

This gifted lady is the Heston Blumenthal of music.

I'm playing this album a lot.

Beth can hit the notes with the same beautiful disdain as Marc Almond as well as being damn versatile and playing many instruments.

They sound like they're having fun playing together, I'd love to catch them live!

Best fiver of 2013.

Please check out the videos on Y0UTU8E as they are a proper treat.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good album to try
Fairly good listen
Published 2 months ago by Miss K A Flannery
5.0 out of 5 stars How is Beth not a Superstar?
This album is outstanding. Beth is obviously a witty, highly original artist. These are quirky and brilliantly written songs. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Ochia
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What a great album, it had my foot tapping from the off. It also included a free cd, why doesnt all vinyl come with this?
Published 18 months ago by Faux
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Love Beth, saw her play when she was 17 at her brothers art jam! So so talented, great album. Beautiful! Been listening non stop. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Emily Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I don't often get obsessional about a CD. But this is superb. I am playing it non stop. The Guardian said it was 5* and I, for one, am not about to disagree.
Published on 8 Oct 2012 by Nickynoobs
5.0 out of 5 stars Blends Quirkiness & Accessibility Beautifully.
Melds experimental freak-folk with pop song writing in a stunning fashion. Beth Jeans Houghton juggles genres effortlessly without appearing schizophrenic or desperate - instead,... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2012 by C.Curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars Be gleeful and enjoy the tunes
A wonderful parade of gorgeous sounds, bought on the strength of an unlikely performance in Holt, Norfolk. Loving every listen, and apologies to no one for the kitchen dancing. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2012 by TomOx
5.0 out of 5 stars Beth Jeans Houghton & Hooves of Destiny - Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose
Heard a track initially on Jo Whiley so bought the CD and absolutely no regrets - possibly the best music purchase in a couple of years. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2012 by J. Kiely
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