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  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B0067V72T8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sweet Tooth Bird
  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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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).

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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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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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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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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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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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One of the best albums I have ever heard. The craftsmanship of the songs is of the highest quality. Wonderful melodies, driving rhythms, brilliant vocals. Think Cocteau Twins meets Bow Wow Wow and you are somewhere close. If you buy only one album this millennium, make sure it is this one.
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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. Beth has incredible and strong voice, backed by Hooves strong musical talent. Content is varied and could be descibed as a bit quirky as it covers so many genres - from brass band through stage musical in one track (Sweet Tooth Bird), acoustic to folk rock in the next track (Atlas) but it works and is truly inspired compared to the current more commercial offerings!! An album I can listen to anytime, anywhere and looking forward to next from this talented goup. Real recommendation to try it.
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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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