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House That Jack Built Import

4.9 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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The House That Jack Built deftly showcases Jesca Hoop's unflinching tendency to pull focus from widescreen to close-up. Part siren song, part grim warning, it achieves a perspective- warping balance between the haunting intimacy of Hoop's delivery and an unconfined air of horizon-scanning grandeur from the outset -- tempestuous, moodily melodic opener 'Born To' shares this striking duality with later highlights 'When I'm Asleep', 'Peacemaker' and 'Deeper Devastation'.
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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B007N0CLJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The House That Jack Built follows Hunting My Dress, and I can't help hearing it as a kind of counterpoint to its predecessor. Where HMD contains its fire in pretty folk-y forms balancing acoustic and electric sounds, in THTJB the fire is always on the edge of getting out of control, and the electricity dominates. Where HMD is, in part, haunted by the ghost of Jesca's mother, THTJB is very much haunted by the memory of her father.

There is a very particular kind of thrill when an artist who has mastered the pretty and the clever begins to seriously explore the power of anger, and that is what seems to be happening here. There are some fine, powerful rockers here, but for me the core of the album is the brooding, atmospheric "Deeper Devastation" where it admits, with angry resignation, that "you cannot trust a human being to Do the Right Thing." No you can't, but sometimes, somewhere, a human being does something that is not only Right, but Amazing. Maybe that's better, who can say?
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Just attended a truly wonderful live performance by Jesca Hoop in Los Angeles -- performing a number of songs from this album with just her unique voice, an electric guitar, and one fine backup singer. The songs are a mix of folk, rock, and pop, and they are intricate and hypnotic, and twist your mind around their gorgeous words, musical complexity and shifting rhythms. And then there are the themes exploring the mystery of fate and love and attachment. In "Born To" she both decries and celebrates the circumstances one is born into (often not such good ones). "The House That Jack Built" is a wistful ballad about not knowing a father long separated from his family.

The album is full-on orchestrated and a marvel of highly original musical artistry -- Hoop's signature.
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All Jesca Hoop albums are growers. Because there's nothing quite like her out there, it takes a few spins with each new outing to get used to the idea. That said, this feels like a natural follow-up to her previous record "Hunting My Dress." It's got plaintive melodies one moment, romping catharsis the next, songs about her parents (the title track) and their passing (DNR, a completely heartbreaking song that will rip you apart if you've ever lost a loved one), about Greek gods (Peacemaker), and about god-knows-what (Hospital?!?). Consistent throughout are the weird undulating rhythms, the chants, and the sense of floating intimacy that once got Tom Waits to say her music was "like going swimming in a lake at night."

Befitting an artist who often performs acoustic, the quieter numbers feel the most natural, and Hoop pumps out songs like Pack Animal, the title track, and Deeper Devastation (the latter two being probably my favorites on the album) so effortlessly that it's almost like shooting fish in a barrel for her at this point. But in between, nod your head to Born To and Ode To Banksy, bounce about to Hospital and feel like a child again with the whimsical (and maybe too-cute) Moon Rock Needle.

This record is another solid entry into Hoop's catalogue, and also features her best cover art to date. Few people have Hoop's versatility. Get this record and await her next.
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Jesca Hoop's 2012 release THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT might sound alien to fans of Hoop. Her previous HUNTING MY DRESS was organic and built with acoustic sounds. In 2007, Tom Waits even described her earlier music as "like going swimming in a lake at night." This new album is a very different sound for the singer/songwriter, but even if the sound has changed, the creative songwriting surely hasn't. THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT is a great exercise -- its 11 tracks cover a ton of ground both musically, tonally, and lyrically.

The album begins with its lead single "Born To." "Born To" isn't the best song on the album, but it is the poppiest and (perhaps) the most accessible. "Peacemaker," a highlight on the album, is a whirlwind of sonic instrumentation -- there's Middle Eastern tones here, electronic drum samples, rumbling acoustic guitars, and light synthesizers. The song is confident, and like the album, it doesn't shy away from defying convention. "Hospital (Win Your Love)" is poppier tour, and its cheery tone is a far cry from the previous track. "Dig This Record" is a slowburning, angsty powerhouse. It's slow, but it doesn't drag; instead, its tribal-like tone and vocals make it one of the best songs on the album. "D.N.R." is largely acoustic, devoid of any drums; its lyrics are impossible to ignore, and even though the song is relatively barebones, it never feels empty. "When I'm Asleep" is probably the best representative of Hoop's output on THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT -- it ranges in tone, volume, and instrumentation. It's all over the place, but it's held very tightly under Hoop's control.

The lyrics by Jesca Hoop on THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT are worth talking about.
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Great album with a number of songs that stay in your head long after listening. If you enjoyed her first full release, you will be more than pleased with this one.
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