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Kismet

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Jesca Hoop counts early early folk songs, pop radio, chamber music, gospel music, 20's to 40's jazz, ol' country, ol' blues, slave songs, dance hall, murder ballads, rock and roll, blue grass and my backyard among her numerous musical influences to her debut album Kismet. Hoop is a striking, dark haired songwriter from Northern California who writes and sings twisty, sprawling, lyrically abstract songs featuring strange sonorities and offbeat rhythms. Jesca Hoop's music is like a four sided coin. She is an old soul, like a black pearl, a good witch or red moon. Her music is like going swimming in a lake at night. Tom Waits.

1. Summertime
2. Seed Of Wonder
3. Enemy
4. Silverscreen
5. Money
6. Dreams In the Hollow
7. Love Is All We Have
8. Intelligentactile 101
9. Havoc In Heaven
10. Out the Back Door
11. Love And Love Again

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Int / Red Ink
  • ASIN: B000T4SXCY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Big Shrike on September 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Excellent debut from a very talented singer/songwriter with a unique take on a lot of old music styles and forms. But don't get me wrong...this is very contemporary with a big fresh dose of eclectic. And her voices truly weave spells. It is funny to see the favorable comments from Tom Waits in the product synopses because he is the perfect person to have an opinion about this disc. I caught her wonderful concert in Los Angeles last spring and I am very happy to see her get a label. No one else sounds like this stuff...and that is a good thing. Now I would love to see her collaborate with someone like Tom Waits. The results would be great!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Schuyler on November 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Jesca Hoop is utterly original. Captivating, funky and strangely mystical, listening to Kismet is like taking a walk through a Tim Burton-influenced enchanted forest. Each track is perfectly unique and distinct, yet each melds seamlessly with the next.

Though her voice is so pure and shockingly versatile that a reasonable comparison is nearly impossible to draw, there's something vaguely Elizabeth Fraser about her abstract approach to songwriting and lyrics, yet her clear, crisp, decipherable vocal stylings suggest something more direct.

I'd say Tori Amos, but Hoop is not nearly so hard-edged. I'd go with Imogen Heap, but Hoop is much more original and focused. She's ... well, she's unlike anything I've ever heard, but I've had the album on repeat since the day I bought it. Buy it. You won't be disappointed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Post on November 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I had heard a review and bits of this CD on the radio, and it sounded intriguing and new. And indeed it is both - varied, unusual, melodic but with a very personal stamp. So far I've been playing it daily, and find Hoop's treatment of her themes always charms and holds my interest. Can't imagine anyone not enjoying it - I've bought several for friends and family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on October 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Forget the hugely overrated A Fine Frenzy, Jesca Hoop is where its at. At once bewitching and instantly memorable, this is a great album with varied genres - jazz, blues, R&B, Pop, and a little bit of old school 1960s Motown thrown in for good effect!

I would say that Jesca sounds most closely like Norah Jones and Imogen Heap together. Her songs are very multi-layered and well produced, but they're meant for a folk-pop crossover-loving audience. Thankfully, I am part of this audience, and am glad to see that this deserving performer finally has an album in the Amazon Top 150. She's been performing for years, and its glad that she gets this recognition.

Alongwith Paige Aufhammers' debut CD from earlier this year, this is an absolutely essential album. You won't be disappointed. In fact, its much better than "Not too Late" by Norah Jones, if thats the kind of music you like.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sanpete on January 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The whole album is strong, with a range of moods, beats, syncopations, harmonies and appealing, unusual ways of putting together and owning what appear to be quite a variety of influences. Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell are frequent comparisons, but this is very much its own thing.

The by-turns rich, dark, stark, tangy harmonies of "Seed of Wonder" remind me of the Mysterious Bulgarian Voices that were all the rage a couple decades ago, very infectious. The song has an arresting alternation between overdubbed layered vocals and simple vocals, rather like call and response. Just one of many interesting musical touches. Someone put a lot of work into the production. (I wrote more about this song below.)

You can rock the house with "Out the Back Door," about the secret (to parents) night life of the young. (Pump up the sub.)

By contrast, the song about Hurricane Katrina, "Love Is All We Have," is appropriately aching and funereal, a beautiful lament of what was washed away, with a refrain of all that remains for some. Not a new idea, of course, but it's the kind of thing we must sometimes remind ourselves of, effectively done here. The melody has stuck with me for days.

I really don't want to go on about every song, but another standout is "Intelligentactile 101," a playful spirit's-eye view of entering this world. It has a strong driving pulse and brims with the elemental childlike joy and wonder of life captured in the lyrics.

My current favorite cut is the last one, "Love and Love Again," by Hoop and David Baerwald, who also recorded and plays on the song. I've been whistling or humming it all day.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Sandy on October 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Nic Harcourt has probably introduced more hip modern music to Americans than any other DJ. If you are able to check the playlist during his Internet show and write down the names of the artists or songs, you can amass a collection of CDs that none of your coolest friends has heard of but will love listening to.

I consider Jesca Hoop to be one of his brilliant discoveries. I used the word "shape-shifting" above because you will hear a multitude of influences in her singing--not, as another reviewer said, because she is a mimic, but because she channels some of the music I've loved most in my lifetime: the Beatles, Kate Bush, Bjork, Laura Nyro.

Her voice draws you in like a lullaby and twirls you around like a whirlygig. It's whimsy and winks, gorgeous harmonies, and imagination. She picks you up by your shirt collar and flies you across the universe. And she seems to be a very interesting person.
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