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Standard edition of the Belgian trip-hop-pop act's fourth album. 13 tracks including the lead off single, 'The World Is Mine'. Sony/Belgium. 2002.
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'Human Interest' is classic Hooverphonic all-over, string laden trip-hop. It's 'Battersea' mixed with 'Eden', and is any bit as good as anything else they've done.
'The World is Mine' is not classic Hooverphonic at all, but in the context of this album it works extremely well. This is probably my favourite track on the album. If you can't get your head out of ye olde Hooverphonic mindset, you probably won't like this.. but then again, you probably don't like any band that experiments with their sound.
The album drags its feet in places, like in Nirvana Blue or Sad Song, but in both cases you're rewarded with an overall excellent song, even if it takes a while to get there. Sad Song shows Geike's voice at its peak, she sounds amazingly like Jewel.
In the end though, we have an amazing album here, and all listeners are rewarded with the amazing 'The Kiss' as the last track. Anyone with an ounce of nostalgia in their body could appreciate this.
My advice is to forget about who Hooverphonic were, and just enjoy this release in its own right. It's not another Blue Wonder Power Milk, but it's a beautiful Hooverphonic musical. And to all of those who think 'The World is Mine' is awful, just listen to how amazingly tight it is, how great the musicians are, and how well it's produced.
You might not like the style, but it reeks professionalism. A true hallmark of a Hooverphonic album.
For those of you who know their earlier work, I'm a "Battersea, Out of Sight, Eden, Vinegar and Salt, Mad about You" kinda-a-guy, and the tracks on the Jackie Cane CD are, like their previous CD's, very hit or miss. By far the best track on this CD is "Human Interest", and it is followed by "Nirvana", "The World is Mine" and "One". The rest of the CD is ho-hum and not nearly as good.
Hooverphonic try to experiment somewhat later in the CD and they get away from what I love them for. The Buddhist meditative track "Jackie's Delight" works fairly well. The Bjorkish "Sad Song", "Shampoo", "Others Delight", "Opium" and "The Last Supper" are really just inconsequential filler. I went straight to sleep. The CD wraps up with "The Kiss" with its piano and orchestra sounds like the theme song to some dreadfully soppy and forgettable TV movie.
The second CD has a couple of interesting remixes of "Eden" and "Out of Sight", and an interesting take of "Vinegar and Salt".
I absolutely hate buying CD's and getting one or two good songs. Although I was at first uninspired and somewhat disillusioned, this double-CD set, even as a higher-priced import, in the end passes as a good buy. There are four tracks definitely worth having, and a couple of decent remixes of some of my old favorites.