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HOOVERPHONIC - MAGNIFICENT TREE (180GM MUSIC ON VINYL)

HOOVERPHONIC - MAGNIFICENT TREE (180GM MUSIC ON VINYL)
Product Code: HOOVERPHONIC - MAGNIFICENT TREE (180GM MUSIC ON VINYL)
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HOOVERPHONIC - MAGNIFICENT TREE (180GM MUSIC ON VINYL)

Belgium's Pop trio Hooverphonic has seemed to creatively move beyond their icy smooth seascape found on Blue Wonder Power Milk and shift into a darkwave mood on their third full-length, The Magnificent Tree (2000). For 107 weeks, the album was represented in the Flemish Ultratop 50.

If you've been following the career of this Belgian trio, you've seen them go from trip-hop (on their debut, A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular) to trip-pop (1998's Blue Wonder Power Milk), pitting fan against fan in the process. One thing's for sure: The Magnificent Tree only adds fuel to the fire. The "trip" has all but left the pop, leaving behind an assortment of solid, radio-friendly tunes, but hardly anything with the character and charm of their earlier work. It's too bad, really, because though there's some real ear candy here, it's lost in the crinkly wrapper of predictable arrangements and vapid lyrics. Geike Arnaert, given to ethereal coolness on "Milk", chooses a more out-front, sultry vocal style on "Tree", and while it works on the uncharacteristically rockin' "Jacky Cane" and the torchy "Vinegar & Salt", elsewhere ("Mad About You", "Everytime We Live Together" and the embarrassingly treacly "Out of Sight") it just rings false--too slick for its own good. Touches of the old style appear here and there, notably on the atmospheric, sample-infused "Autoharp" and the dreamy, Dubstar-like "Waves", but they promise more than the rest of the album can deliver. It may be a solid, sturdy Tree, but it's a few branches short of magnificence. --Steve Landau

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert
  • SIDE A

    1. AUTOHARP 
    2. MAD ABOUT YOU 
    3. WAVES 
    4. JACKIE CANE 
    5. THE MAGNIFICENT TREE 
    6. VINEGAR & SALT

    SIDE B

    1. FROSTED FLAKE WOOD 
    2. EVERY TIME WE LIVE TOGETHER WE DIE A BIT MORE 
    3. OUT OF SIGHT 
    4. PINK FLUFFY DINOSAURS 
    5. L'ODEUR ANIMALE

 

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