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Blue Wonder Power Milk Import


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SBME
  • ASIN: B0012GMWMK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Product Description

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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

Album Description

Out of print in the U.S.! Import pressing of the 1998 album from the Belgian Ambient/Electronic Pop band (originally known as Hoover in Europe). 13 tracks including 'One Way Radio', 'Lung', 'Battersea', 'Eden' and more. Sony/BMG. 2008.

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Format: Audio CD
You may think of a Belgian waffle. Everything on it. No empty places. Or what about Gabba Hardcore? Sort of heavy metal techno for football hooligans. People who aren't into Burzum must have to do something with their time when they are not burning churches or watching X-Files. Hooverphonic are like none of the above. They have been slowly informed by the jungle virus. The massive beats are there, but what else can you do for me, mister? I have been playing "Eden" and "Out of Tune" the moonless nights that I have been DJing lately, and all the young girls come up to me afterwards and ask, "Who was that?" I like the way Hooverphonic uses both male and female vocals on different songs. Geike Arnaert is a good singer in the Cocteau Twins/Bjork tradition, but many of their lyrics seem to make little sense, as if they are struggling with the English language. People like myself and Will Self have to keep the language pure and we see ourselves as custodians of English. Sometimes the cuteness of an accent wears off. The mastermind of Hooverphonic, Alex Callier, is a fine and talented songwriter. The disturbing cover of the old Kinks song "This Strange Effect" is wonderfully sad. I hope to hear more of Hooverphonic in the future and congradulate them on the new direction. Need a haircut? Ask Nelson.
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I bought this album based on some back-of-the-head idea that it got good reviews, and it just blew me away.
Hooverphonic uses just enough synth and computerized sounds to give this album a sleek, refined sound that transcends most modern music, but the listener never feels lost.
"Battersea" explodes with such a rush of energy, it feels like being lifted off the ground and set into flight. The first track also introduces you to Geike's sweet voice, with an intangible quality that leaves me curious and listening to this album more and more. Following tracks like "One Way Ride" and "Club Montepulciano" flow effortlessly and beautifully.
Two more popular songs are "Eden", with its relaxed almost chill-out vibe, and "Magenta", a creative masterpiece. Note how the backup vocals on the chorus jump to the left speaker for "Look left" and right speaker for "Look right" - a nice little detail.
My two favorites on this disc are "Electro Shock Faders" - short, sweet, and an incredible outro that again is reminiscent of flying - and "Lung". The intro notes sound as though they'll never fit in, but halfway through the song you remember that they're still playing, and are amazed at how smooth the transition was.
I believe BWPM is the band's best work, and recommend it to any avid music fan with a little bit of a taste for adventure.
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Good lord, this is an excellent album! My sister gave me this CD a few years ago and I had it stored in my album booklets for months before giving it a chance. When I finally did, my first impression was positive. One of the songs had reminded me of Depeche Mode, a favorite band of mine. The electronica sound had struck a chord with me, and it did not take long for this album to be digested. It has such a unique feel to it and so much feeling encompassed by all of the beautiful orchestration and heavenly singing, (best exhibited in "Eden") that I am just completely in awe. The opening and closing of the album lead you in and out seamlessly. In between, you truly get the experience of being stuck in this vast sea where gentle waves of emotion wait to be ridden. If you crave more great rhythms with luscious vocals, I must reccomend with all of my heart: Emiliana Torrini's "Love In The Time Of Science," Richard Ashcroft's "Alone With Everybody," and Air's "Moon Safari," off the top of my head. I genuinely hope that you enjoy this music as I do.
-Ari
Aw588@nyu.edu
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After their sublime, yet more low-key first album, Hooverphonic get a new singer, with a voice just as entrancing in a different way, and explore a more trip-pop environment, while not losing any appeal or orginality.
There are similarities in the songs, but they set different moods, and feature futuristic, perceptive lyrics that add to the intrigue of the music.
While each song is memorable, some of the highlights to me include "Club Montepulciano", a groovy, hypnotic tune featuring Geikes soaring, honey-sweet vocals, "Electro Shock Faders", a funky song sung by one of the band's male members, and "Tuna", a sort of mournfully hopeful ode to the future's promises.
I could mention many other songs, but this is an outstanding collection of quality music from a band that already started on a gorgeous note.
one of the 90s' best, in my opinion.
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