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  • Audio CD (17 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B00I1KDQ7K
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Murder of Birds (Undressed) (Feat. Guy Garvey)
  2. The Kingdom (Undressed)
  3. Whispering Light (Undressed) (Feat. Willy Mason)
  4. Four Dreams (Undressed)
  5. Bed Across the Sea (Undressed)
  6. Feast of the Heart (Undressed)
  7. Tulip (Undressed) (Feat. Erika Wennerstrom)
  8. Hunting My Dress (Undressed) (Feat. Sam Beam)
  9. Angel Mom (Undressed)

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Format: Audio CD
Once more Jesca Hoop has opened up her arms to the world of Pledge Music and proved herself worthy of early devotion. Having already financed The Complete Kismet Acoustic through the crow-funding website, at the end of last year she set her sights on an acoustic and “open” space for sophomore album Hunting My Dress to brew. The project was successfully funded by February 2014, and the fate of the Californian singer songwriter’s appropriately titled Undress sealed. It comes in the wake of 2012's stunning original album The House That Jack Built. While it's equally gorgeous, it's also very different.

First and foremost, this is not a reinvention of Hoop’s 2009 release Hunting My Dress, nor a continuation of her dive into experimental folk. Undress falls closer to a live album, albeit lacking a participating audience and with a few other distinct differences. The addition of guest vocals proves a highlight, pairing Hoop with the likes of Sam Beam from Iron & Wine (“Haunting My Dress”), Guy Garvey from Elbow (“Murder of Birds”), and Willy Mason (“Whispering Light”), who in particular provides an impressively raw and evocative contribution. Beam’s input is also noteworthy, transporting the track closer to the traditional folk line than Jesca's music has ever ventured before. Elsewhere, Jesca’s sister Carissa Hoop and Erika Wennerstorm from Heartless Bastards join the chorus of “Feast of the Heart”, failing to make their own impression on the song, but nevertheless adding to it by way of harmonic layering. Wennerstorm makes a bigger impact on "Tulip", lending a vocal that's starkly different to Hoop's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars distilled Hoop 12 Jun. 2014
By Joseph Geni - Published on Amazon.com
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Jesca Hoop has always had this issue: she often performs acoustic and alone, or with a much more stripped down sound than the potpourri of arrangements she uses on her records. Of late, she's been squaring this circle by redoing her old songs, but simplified. First came the acoustic Kismet, in which loud, even abrasive numbers became the floating dreamworlds Hoop evokes live. Now we get "Undress," which is mostly (though not completely) a re-imagining of "Hunting My Dress."

This isn't an unplugged record: the guitars are plugged in as often as not, and even distorted in Four Dreams. Instead, the production is dialed back to make room for the vocals and melodies. Thus, the quieter parts don't sound that different--"City Bird" is basically just an alternate take of the original--though Hoop's singing style is so distinctive that hearing her lilt a familiar melody line just so is worth a listen alone. But real standout here is the harmonizing with guest vocalists. On "Murder of Birds," Guy Garvey's guttural line, which was almost inaudible in the original, undergirds the track and gives it a new dimension. Willy Mason's arrival turns "Whispering Light" into a lovely, raspy duet, possibly the highlight of the record. Meanwhile, sensual lyrics like those in "Bed Across the Sea" which were distorted and difficult to hear on the original are crisp and clear here. You can't help but listen.

Movie remakes and remix albums are inevitably judged against the original material, and seldom measure up. This is a rare exception. Hoop fans can add "Undress" to their growing collection, while newcomers can just as easily start with it and work backwards as the other way around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wife loves it 17 Feb. 2014
By Aaron Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
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She particularly likes the stripped-down acoustic sound to this album, very similar to the way Hoop sounded when we saw her open for Iron and Wine in-concert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought 4 April 2014
By G. Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album has some of her best songs performed more simply, like at a folk club.
"Murder of Birds", duet with Guy Garvey. is particularly sweet, less rushed than the original with wonderful inflections in her voice.
"Angel Mom" too is just lovely, and worthy of playing repeatedly.
This record is like the best cheese and the best fruit, served simply, rather than an elaborate confection and easily digested!
Very moreish too,
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting variations on known songs 7 May 2014
By Robert Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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Hoop is just an interesting artist, and everything she does is good one way or another, because it has integrity and musical insight and high quality of performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album 17 Jun. 2014
By Kanji - Published on Amazon.com
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Brilliant, eclectic, hauntingly beautiful album by an exceptionally gifted postpunk, neo-folkie artist. Some are duets -- all are amazing. Her best!
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