Hunting My Dress

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Even if she had nothing beyond her autobiography to bring to her songwriting, Jesca Hoop would have plenty of tales to tell, being the child of folksinging Mormons, then going on to roam around the country as part of a pack of traveling Deadheads before winding up as the nanny for Tom Waits' family. But the California-bred Hoop does indeed have plenty of additional idiosyncratic ideas to offer, not just lyrically but musically, on her second album, Hunting My Dress. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Hoop's work is the way she writes her own rulebook. Plenty of iconoclastic artists have decided to abjure musical convention in the past without coming up with anything ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
Even if she had nothing beyond her autobiography to bring to her songwriting, Jesca Hoop would have plenty of tales to tell, being the child of folksinging Mormons, then going on to roam around the country as part of a pack of traveling Deadheads before winding up as the nanny for Tom Waits' family. But the California-bred Hoop does indeed have plenty of additional idiosyncratic ideas to offer, not just lyrically but musically, on her second album, Hunting My Dress. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Hoop's work is the way she writes her own rulebook. Plenty of iconoclastic artists have decided to abjure musical convention in the past without coming up with anything worthy to replace it. Hoop, however, has pieced together her own modus operandi seemingly from scratch, with bits and pieces of Waits, Björk, Kate Bush, and PJ Harvey thrown in among who knows what other stray influences -- the important thing is that it emerges as something uniquely hers. The crunchy riffs and angular alt-rock gallop of "Four Dreams" are perfectly contrasted by Hoop's feathery vocals and poppy refrain. The spare, acoustic ballad "Murder of Birds" -- with a guest vocal from longtime admirer Guy Garvey of Elbow -- seems to reach back to Hoop's early folk influences. Opening track "Whispering Light," apparently about Hoop's mother's battle against cancer, is a darkly atmospheric, almost theatrical piece marked by midtempo dance beats and deliciously creepy, unexpected harmonic/melodic turns. In the end, the one thing you can count on with Hunting My Dress is that you never know what's coming next, and that turns out to be one of the album's greatest virtues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2010
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707807920
  • Catalog Number: 78079
  • Sales rank: 357,801

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Whispering Light (4:00)
  2. 2 The Kingdom (3:37)
  3. 3 Feast of the Heart (3:25)
  4. 4 Angel Mom (5:05)
  5. 5 Four Dreams (4:57)
  6. 6 Murder of Birds (4:28)
  7. 7 Bed Across the Sea (3:35)
  8. 8 Tulip (5:07)
  9. 9 Hunting My Dress (4:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Enemy (3:26)
  2. 2 Intelligentacile 101 (4:22)
  3. 3 Silverscreen (4:01)
  4. 4 My Boo (3:46)
  5. 5 Wintersong (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesca Hoop Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tony Berg Harmonium
Stuart Johnson Percussion
David Mansfield Violin
Ian Walker Bass
Patrick Warren Synthesizer
Frank Lenz Vibes
Guy Garvey Vocals
Quinn Guitar, Drums
Kaveh Rastegar Bass
Z. Berg Background Vocals
Blake Mills Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Lissie Background Vocals
Nicole Eva Emery Vocals, Background Vocals
Roddy Cabello Guitar
Joe Karnes Bass
Stewart Johnson Drums
Technical Credits
Tony Berg Producer
Frank Lenz Wind Arrangements
Blake Mills Composer, Producer, Contribution
Carrie Smith Layout
Jesca Hoop Composer, Producer
Shawn Everett Engineer, Artwork
Hans Dekline Mastering
Damian Anthony Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant, challenging, rewarding...

    "As a follow up to her provocative 2007 debut album Kismet, Hoop says her new songs offer "a more clarified distillation of what I do as an artist", a flurried mix of artful folk/pop, theatrical cabaret elements and songs that seem, at times, turned inside out and upside down...Working with producer/guitarist Tony Berg and a troupe of talented players, Hoop has created miniature vocal sonicscapes of startling originality, building songs that flit and dart, build and then break down again all against a backdrop of stark guitar runs, boldly progressive time measures and a tiny grab bag of head-turning production surprises."

    http://www.directcurrentmusic.com/music-news-new-music/2010/7/1/jesca-hoop-hunting-my-dress.html

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