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"Hooked!" showcases Woodward's engaging, expressive vocals and witty, insightful songwriting on such memorable originals as "He Got Away," "Purple Heart," and "Slow Recovery." Another highlight is "Another Woman," especially written for Lucy by admirer Nellie McKay, who lends her harmony vocals to the track. Woodward's gifts as an interpreter of outside material are showcased on her readings of such vintage tunes as the obscure Peggy Lee number "Sans Souci," Hoagy Carmichael's 1930s pop standard "Stardust" and "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)," originally sung by Louis Prima in Disney's The Jungle Book.

Hooked! was produced largely by veteran studio legend Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex, Paul McCartney, Morrissey), with additional tracks produced by Justin Stanley (Nikka Costa, Eric Clapton) and longtime Woodward collaborators Tim K.and Itaal Shur.

In addition to her own albums, Woodward has also contributed songs to the soundtracks of several films, including Disney's Ice Princess and the recent Sandra Bullock hit The Blind Side. She's also devoted considerable energy to several charitable projects, making multiple trips to Africa on behalf of relief organizations, and singing for Bishop Desmond Tutu at a benefit for his foundation in Dallas.

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0039TD7F4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,490 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No surprise that it took the insight and creativity of Tony Visconti to tranform an erstwhile dime-a-dozen pop singer (imprisoned by predictably uninspired arrangements) into a classy vocalist of distinction. This album, however, could have benefitted immensely by including more bouncy selections in the vein of 'He Got Away' and 'I Wanna Be Like You.'

The Brooklyn Boy (Visconti) appears on so many of my favorite records by Gentle Giant, Sparks, Strawbs, The Alarm, The Move, Procol Harum, Bowie and T Rex. As he approaches age 70 it's good to see his name popping up in album credits again; Here on HOOKED! and more recently on THE NEXT DAY and presumably others. I hope he gets another opportunity with Woodward so he can expand and experiment even further to make her transformation more complete and permanent.
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I bought this two years ago as an experiment; it was recommended by Amazon because I had recently picked up some other fairly obscure female vocalist CDs. It's a nicely produced record, but nothing I've been hooked on (sorry). The standout track is "I Wan'na Be Like You" from The Jungle Book, which is a delicious and unexpected treat, but also makes me feel that the whole album comes off like a kind of Disney tribute. The reason I'm writing this review now is that just this morning I happened to hear Woodward's cover of David Bowie's "Fashion," doubtless from the same sessions with Tony Visconti. I have to say it is the single worst cover of a Bowie song I've ever heard, just a mind-numbingly wrong song choice for this artist's style. I could make a list of at least two dozen other Bowie songs that would have been far better. I'm always interested in complex failures like this, where you have all the right people, all the right resources, the very best intentions and serious, serious effort...and a disaster is produced anyway. If you're twisted this way too, you absolutely need to hear the track. I will probably end up playing it more than anything on the CD because...wow.
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I was very hyped when I realized Lucy was coming out with a new album. But after listening to the album twice through, I feel like her songs are either hit or miss.

A lot of that has to do with, I think, her shift towards a jazz or big band style. Her first album was really good but was definitely pop oriented. Her second album was a lot more towards the jazz end of the spectrum. Jazz is not my really my thing, but Lucy definitely pulled it off well and I liked Hot and Bothered better than her first cd.

Hooked! continues this progression, which in some instances is a very good thing. For example, listen to Babies or Another Woman. However, some of the songs just don't quite do it for me yet.

What I am trying to say is, this album may be one where some of the material has to grow on you. At least, I know it is going to be for me.
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Hooked! Is Woodward's third, and three's the charm - if the charm is a big, fat bauble on an index finger pointed directly at you, while feet fly up in the air in the background. Singer-songwriter Lucy Woodward continues her swinging trek backward from her generic, pop-rock start to a Voodoo-Daddy-influenced romp that's more 50's sensibility than 00's recklessness. "He Got Away" kicks off with "Caravan"-style drums. Peggy Lee's "Sans Souci" sambas carefree into a darkening night. "Purple Heart" lights a torch for a lost love. And then Louis Prima's "I Wanna Be like You (The Monkey Song)" recaptures the flirtatious monkeyshines, as Woodward's again dancing across your heart. It's not all retro heaven, though, as her cover of Nellie McKay's "Another Woman" addresses guilt and rationalization in a thoroughly modern, unresolved way, while "Babies" bemoans the biological clock in a bombastic ballad that's only half tongue-in-cheek. Everywhere, the band's precise arrangements and orchestral touches complement Woodward's sass and panache, until the final track -- a riveting, multi-part, a cappella take on Hoagy Carmichael's chestnut, "Stardust." Woodward goes backward to bring it forward. The melody haunts my reverie.
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A major difference from the debut album once again.

It's not as much of a shock as it was when her sophomore album "Hot & Bothered" was released, I was caught off guard with that one. I was more prepared this time around, I had a strong feeling that this would happen again the next time around.

You know what they say, First time "Shame on you" second time "Shame on me".

Anyone who heard the first album would be confused about the next two.

I knew what I was up for this time around so my rating is higher indeed.

"Hooked!" is more acceptable, as it is a third release, When most artists decide to take chances.

With "Hot & Bothered" I just felt it was much too soon to be experimenting and the songs on that album didn't have as much flavour as the ones on "Hooked!".

"Hooked!" has a lot more personality/character than "Hot & Bothered".

The music alone is entertaining, dramatic yet soothing. It's like a gumbo of all kinds of delightful instruments Xylophone, Trombone, chimes, Bells etc. Topped with Lucy's creamy vocals.

Lucy also re-recorded two songs from "Hot & Bothered" for this release which are "Too Much To Live For" which is better than the original, It's a mellow version of the song and "Slow Recovery" which is also better than the original recording.

"Slow Recovery" on "Hooked!" is the exact same song and style she just re-sings it alot better. I actually like the song now.

Although this album is good it "does" take some getting used to.

"He Got Away" "This Empty Room" and "Rag Doll" are my favorites. "This Empty Room" reminds me alot of The Dresden Dolls, Has that Dark Cabaret sound.
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