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A Beguiling Presence,
This review is from: The House That Jack Built (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.