Blue Wonder Power Milk Import
Thanks to the radio ubiquity of "2Wicky" (from their debut album, A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular), Hooverphonic won mainstream attention and early admission into the trip-hop pantheon. But this Belgian group's sound was always closer to the warm etherealness and pop aspirations of bands like Australia's Single Gun Theory than the wispy experimentalism of Britain's Portishead. Well, they'll probably still be labeled a trip-hop band, but Blue Wonder Power Milk is essentially an electronica-tinged symphonic pop album--and a very strong one, at that. The breathy coo of new vocalist Geike Arnaert melds effortlessly with the languid beats of tracks like "Club Montepulciano" and "Eden" as well as with the more muscular drum & bass of "Battersea." In fact, almost all the songs--many of which are augmented by simple string arrangements--possess a beguiling beauty guaranteed to keep your finger on the repeat button. Highly recommended. --Steve Landau
I tend to write lyrics like these (strange,poetic,off-balance,left-of-center)for my own songs(Hear Jay Thing's "Guardians of the Underworld)and know that some folks dig them and some don't. But the music is so hypnotic, lush and beautiful you don't need to know what the lyrics are anyway.
This is wonderful futuristic symphonic pop and I can't wait to check out the rest of their catalogue. As has been pointed out in these reviews,this CD sounds especially awesome when listened to with headphones. So go dig it boys & girls!
The next summer saw the release of 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer' and, once more, they used material from Hooverphonic. The song 'Eden' played during a scene where Jennifer Love Hewitt remembered her best friend from last summer and what happened to her. I fell in love with the song and the group then.
I bought this CD and fell in love with it too! 'Battersea' and it's upbeat ballad mixed with strings, 'Eden' and it's slow-paced beat and sad mood.
Basically the whole CD had me wanting more. A great CD to relax to.
A great, big Thank You to Alex Steyermark, Sharon Boyle and John Houlihan (Music Supervisors on 'I Know What You Did Last Summer And 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer') for choosing to use their material. If it hadn't been for them, I would've never gotten to discover such great band.
Out of Tune is the one song that stands out in this album, it is my favorite trip-hop song of all time. This strange effect was featured on a cell phone commercial, which is another jem on the album. Eden is a very good song, also sung by Sarah Brightman, which I found to be better. One Way Ride sounds very simaliar to Bjork's song Come to Me from her album Debut.
The new female vocalist has the most beautiful, innocent, angelic voice and she can carry more notes in a distinct clear tone. They sound very similar to the band Mono. In all this is one of the best Trip-hop albums ever, and Hooverphonic is also.
The string arrangements throughout "Blue Wonder..." are fantastic, and like Hooverphonic's first album, there are strong basslines running through the music. I'd say that "Eden" is my favorite tune on this album (by the way, song 3--Dictionary--is missing from the above tracklisting altogether), but many of the rest are close behind.
If you want an album with exciting beats and a solid, soothing, sound, you can't miss with this one...unless of course you are a huge Portishead fan. :)