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
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.