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All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
An impish musical humorist -- though by no means a novelty artist -- Mikkel Hess makes his U.S. bow with this career retrospective, drawn from his three albums and a couple of singles, whose very title, though seemingly straightforward, comes off as somewhat smirking: he may have reached number 11 in his native Denmark with the perky instrumental "Ssshhhh," but he's still hardly anyone's idea of a hitmaker. The most striking and memorable thing here is probably the occasionally anthologized "Yes Boss," a provocative curiosity that manages to be at once droll, seductive, and unsettling: over a sultry, percolating electronic groove, punctuated with torpid, dub-inflected ...
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All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
An impish musical humorist -- though by no means a novelty artist -- Mikkel Hess makes his U.S. bow with this career retrospective, drawn from his three albums and a couple of singles, whose very title, though seemingly straightforward, comes off as somewhat smirking: he may have reached number 11 in his native Denmark with the perky instrumental "Ssshhhh," but he's still hardly anyone's idea of a hitmaker. The most striking and memorable thing here is probably the occasionally anthologized "Yes Boss," a provocative curiosity that manages to be at once droll, seductive, and unsettling: over a sultry, percolating electronic groove, punctuated with torpid, dub-inflected brass outbursts, a deadpan Hess conducts an enigmatic but sordid-seeming "job interview" with vocalist Bang Chau, who responds in lush and suggestively breathy harmonies. It's a fantastic and fascinating track, equally effective as a work of conceptual comedy and an alluring piece of music. Though it takes an entirely different approach, the goofy, hooky electro-pop jingle "The Magic Invention from the Divine Business Research Center" similarly satisfies on multiple levels. Most of the collection's other vocally based inclusions fall somewhat short of these highlights, either because their humor is a bit too one-note (as on the cabaret-style waltz "In the Fridge," which grows a bit stale despite a delightfully hammy R&B turn from the incomparable Dean Bowman) or simply because the music overshadows the lyrical content. But Hess' considerable compositional and production abilities are on display throughout, from the jokey, meandering house pastiche "Would Would You Like to Disco" to the beguiling "Piano Waltz" (not actually a waltz, but rather an oddly fluid conglomeration of a haunting, lopsided piano figure with a reggae-ish bass groove, assorted percussion fragments, and other unexpected sounds). Oddly enough, the instrumental and near-instrumental selections tend to be just as humorous, and certainly just as quirky, as the tracks with lyrics, employing a skewed, lightheartedly kitschy sensibility (making prominent use of whistling, for instance) that calls to mind the work of Arling & Cameron and child-minded musical cartoonists like Plone, Komeda, isan, and Norway's Toy. That said, Hess is very much a distinct individual, and Hits offers a highly enjoyable glimpse into his idiosyncratic world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/9/2009
  • Label: Nublu Records
  • UPC: 634457512825
  • Catalog Number: 20
  • Sales rank: 221,313

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Waltz (3:01)
  2. 2 Yes Boss (5:39)
  3. 3 Ssshhhh (3:33)
  4. 4 The Magic Invention (3:48)
  5. 5 Glove Is In The Air - Neils Vincentz (2:32)
  6. 6 Don't Tell (3:40)
  7. 7 Would Would You Like To Disco - Nikolaj Hess (6:07)
  8. 8 Rosenkrentz & Gylclenstjeme (3:07)
  9. 9 In The Fridge (4:50)
  10. 10 Never (4:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hess Is More Primary Artist
Sylvia Gordon Vocals
Jens Bjørnkjær Trombone, Saxophone
Bang Chau Vocals
Nikolaj Hess Organ, Clarinet, Saxophone
Henrik Svendsen Guitar, Cello
Christine Pryn Strings
Clean Bowman Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Kiaer Producer, Engineer
Mikkel Hess Composer, Producer
Michael Pfundheller Engineer
Jens Bjørnkjær Composer, Producer
Neils Vincentz Composer, Producer
Nikolaj Hess Composer, Producer
Karster Fundal String Arrangements
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