Magnificent Tree

The Magnificent Tree

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by Hooverphonic
     
 
Some bands set out to make a memorable tune; Hooverphonic go one step further and create memorable moods -- a skill in ample evidence when their track "Renaissance Affair" was used in a TV commercial for the limited-edition Volkswagen Vapor (the song was so popular with TV viewers that it's also included here as a bonus track). On The Magnificent Tree,

Overview

Some bands set out to make a memorable tune; Hooverphonic go one step further and create memorable moods -- a skill in ample evidence when their track "Renaissance Affair" was used in a TV commercial for the limited-edition Volkswagen Vapor (the song was so popular with TV viewers that it's also included here as a bonus track). On The Magnificent Tree, their third album, the Belgian trio continue the cinematic, electronic pop of their first two albums but offer more diversity in the songwriting (e.g. the emotionally potent "Out of Sight") and instrumentation (guitar, beats, and samples are joined by cello, autoharp, and horns). "Mad About You" sets the mood for a cool strut across the dance floor, "Vinegar and Salt" thrusts the listener into a sultry film noir, and the dreamy "Pink Fluffy Dinosaurs" takes us "floating on air." Likewise, singer Geike Arnaert shows more passion with occasional aggressive or sultry vocals, although she can still sound as angelic as ever on the high notes. Like Portishead or Morcheeba, Hooverphonic shun the anonymous vibe of some electronica to fill their songs with personality, mood, and attitude.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Belgium's dream pop trio Hooverphonic has seemed to creatively move beyond their icy smooth seascape found on 1998's Blue Wonder Power Milk and shift into a darkwave mood on their third full-length, The Magnificent Tree. Classic embryonic vocalic beauty from Geike Arnaert still carries the translucence of the band's signature ethereality, and she shines as hard as she did on the band's previous releases. However, musical composition on songs such as "Pink Fluffy Dinosaurs" and "Frosted Flake Wood" are more intricate and sonically defined. Chief songwriter and programmer Alex Callier and guitarist Raymond Geerts aim for abstract theatrics; multi-instrumentation is brooding and creeping, but Hooverphonic's distinct maturation cannot overshadow the gorgeous, flowing soundscapes they previously laid down. It's not disheartening by any means, for Hooverphonic does compose an attractive depiction of revamped new wave elements and twisted synth-pop in the face of new millennium teendom. They are far from manufactured label-conscious musical fascism, yet still are represented by a major label. But staying true to the Julee Cruise-like ambience, songs such as "Out of Sight" and "Mad About You" are thoroughly dramatic and make for an illustrious listen. The Magnificent Tree has not completely ignored the musical mystery, and the listener shouldn't forget such mastery while Hooverphonic's cultivation had to be perfectly split.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0074646220924
catalogNumber:
62209
Rank:
73194

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hooverphonic   Primary Artist
Kate Wilkinson   Viola
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Gota Yashiki   Percussion,Cymbals
Dermot Crehan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Perry Montague-Mason   Violin
Eric Bosteels   Drums
Sarah Butterfield   Choir, Chorus
Alex Callier   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Matt Dunkley   Conductor
Robert Smissen   Viola
Frank Duchêne   Keyboards
Raymond Geerts   Guitar
Liesje Sadonius   Vocals
Mark Berrow   Violin
Ben Cruft   Violin
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Paul Kegg   Celli
Dan Lacksman   fairlight
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Chris Tombling   Violin
Paul Morgan   Celli
Mary Scully   Celli
Vaughan Armon   Violin
Peter Lale   Viola
Tony Pleeth   Celli
Justin Pearson   Celli
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Rebecca Hirsch   Violin
Geike Arnaert   Vocals
Simon Fisher   Violin
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Gota Yashiki   drum programming
Alex Callier   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Tony de Block   Engineer
Matt Dunkley   String Arrangements
Phil Chill   drum programming
Dan Lacksman   Engineer
Roland Herrington   Producer

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The Magnificent Tree 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to admit. I heard Renaissance Affair on the VW ad, found the artist and blindly purchased the CD. I am so glad I did. This album is a wonderful glide through sound. I would reccommend it to anyone who wants something a bit different.
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