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Outside, Closer

17 Jan. 2005 | Format: MP3

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Format: Audio CD
Hood's Outside Closer is a definite early contender for album of the year.
There's none of the jittering, sub-human rap, courtesy of the Anticon stars, which was the genius touch on their last album. Instead the album relies on searing beauty and a musical complexity so multi-layered it would surely spiral out of control in the hands of lesser artists.
I'll keep this brief: if you know anything about music, (and I presume by the fact that you're reading this you're not seeking some middle of the road x-factor trite), you must own this record.
There'll be some great releases over the next twelve months, but it'll take a very good year to knock this off the top spot.
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Outside closer is the followup to Hoods previous release Cold House, an album of electronic/indie/abstract hip hop fusion and the album that did kid-A better than kid-A.
Closer outside follows in a simillar vein and while the electronic/indie fusion is still the main order of the day Closer outside takes a step away from the microscopic glitch beats of cold house and has a more organic feel. Despite not having the presence of the abstract rapping mentalists clouddead this time around the production has an almost hip-hop feel to it. The beats this time are more reminiscent of four tets choppy acoustic sounding style,
Hoods vocalist is perhaps a little off putting at first, he`s not terrible but he`s not exactly note perfect and while Cold House`s scarce minimalist arrangements exposed his limitations this time around the dense textual layers of strings, delicate guitars and subtle electronic washes along with additional female backing vocals do a better job of paving over the cracks.
The album feels more consistent than it`s predecesor and while it doesn`t fall foul of some of the previous albums experimental trip ups it also doesn`t quite reach the same dizzying heights when the experimenting hits just the right spot. Glitchy, scratchy electronica gives way to lush strings then come the fragile guitars and vocals before cold houses final secret weapon a of rapidfire gibberings courtesy of clouddead is unleashed, there has been nothing quite like it before or since and simply has to be heard to be believed.
Another great album from one of the most under valued bands in the UK and the sound of a band pushing themselves and music as a whole into new frontiers.
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Hood are just simply amazing. This release, together with Cold House, are classics. Forget the labels (folktronica, indietronica etc....) it's just sublime music. This is what Radiohead wish they sounded like. The singles (the negatives... & the lost you) are the boldest things they've done to date. The Negatives is an off kilter soul song, I wear! The Lost You samples Robert Wyatt (and he's never sounded so good!) What's notable about this record is that Hood have ditched some of the glitchy electronica of Cold House for a more organic, wall of sound approach. Layer upon layer of instrumentation and detail give this record a warmer feel. The production is amazing. Still Rain Fell starts off with an amazing stop/start guitar sample and gives way to strings and the most beautiful lyrics I've heard in a long time "So much for the evening light/ It's gone before you hurry home/ Around here the walks are so long/ There's never chance to raise yr head/ But here's to the skyline/ And the tower blocks who block it out." And I've got to disagree with a previous reviewer - the singing is heroic too - vulnerable, yearning. It matches the mood of the music perfectly. If you like this also check out Cold House and Cycle of Days and Seasons.
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By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2005
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I'd never really heard of Hood before picking up on this album. For me its something of a find. It manages to evoke a particularly English kind of pastoral melancholy without being starkly folksy or indie miserabilist. On the contrary, as it happens, 'The Negatives' pulses with a strangely mutated R&B/Hip hop loop, weaving its sombre lyrics over a complex soundscape that is wholly idiosyncratic despite its IDM leanings. In fact, the production on much of the album is as good as any I've heard in the last few years, somehow incorporating the folksy glitch of Mum or Four Tet into heartfelt bedsit pop songs without detracting from the strength of the songwriting. Another close comparison could be The Notwist, or even Junior Boys - both of whose recent albums are also worth investigating. There are moments of grim bleakness here, 'Any Hopeful Thoughts Arrive' and the near-standstill of 'Winter 73', but also pastoral otherwordliness: 'End of One Train Working' could be a rural English Animal Collective. Moreover, the three-piece suite of 'The Lost You', 'Still Rain Fell' and 'Fading Hills' must rank among the most innovative and evocative songs of the year, especially the hearbreaking 'Still Rain Fell' with its percussive textures that evoke train engines. Highly recommended.
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The previous reviewer implied that the latest offering from Hood is a contender for album of the year.That,I feel,is a very bold claim.
It is a good album,the songs,that initially appear quite nebulus,gain substance with repeated listens,and the album,as a whole,has a lushness that the previous,Cold houses,lacked.In many ways the album is more intimate than anything in their canon,but as I listen I hear echoes,even a mixture of their past works.The single,The Lost You,is probably the standout track after the fisrt handful of spins.
Hood are a fine underated band who probably miss out on a bigger audience by not being as stylilistically entrenched as some of their labelmates,step forward Franz Ferdinand and Clinic.
Those of you seeking an album that has a band constantly attempting push themselves could do a lot worse than pick this cd.
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