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Sweeping, lush and emotionally powerful,
This review is from: No More Sweet Music (Audio CD)
I first heard this band on the eclectic Internet station Radio Paradise, and was absolutely bowled over from the start by the opening track of this album, "You love me to death", which is just pure heart-wrenching thanatos. The rest of the album doesn't disappoint, with lush, 'big' instrumentals wonderfully complementing the singer's powerful, emotionally complex voice. It's really quite an experience, and a distinctive sound - there are faint echoes of Portishead in Gaike Arneart's voice, in its emotional intensity and vocal range, but she really is her own woman. The instrumentals fill up a room even at low volume, and have a complexity and lush depth that lifts the heart, with influences from electronica, hip-hop, Arabic music, classical music (one of the tracks has an orchestra), and more. This band was a revelation to my jaded palate, and is the best thing to come out of Belgium since its beer. As the previous reviewer lamented, you'll not hear them in the UK, maybe because they are too distinctive, thoughtful and cultured. Plus you get an extra CD with tasty remixes which add new dimensions to the original songs, though I prefer the main CD. Quite a stunning band.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2010 16:54:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Apr 2010 16:54:46 BDT
Am a recent discoverer of Hooverphonic. Wholeheartedly agree with your review. What a shame they are too distinctive, thoughtful and cultured for the UK.
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