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The Magnificent Tree Enhanced, Import


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  • Audio CD (March 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: SBME
  • ASIN: B0012GMZCC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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By Mary on Oct. 30 2011
Format: Audio CD
Le délai de livraison était dans les temps, le boîtier et le cd étaient en parfait état. Il ne m'est arrivé qu'une fois d'avoir un produit abîmé acheter de ce vendeur, je le recommande quand même.
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Format: Audio CD
Yes, as an album TMT isn't as good as the other two. However, the more I listen to it, the more I get songs stuck in my head and the more I understand that it is brilliant. The problem is that it doesn't hold together as an album. The cohesion isn't there. But what is there is a handful of solid songs a few of which verge on brilliant. The poppiest of these is Mad About You, a James Bond theme if there was ever a film about Bond's first puppy love. A couple of songs later comes Jackie Cane, a strange anthem about a used up girl. Frosted Flake Wood is maligned by some and yes it does sound like the theme to some trip-hop version of H.R. Puffinstuf, but I like it a lot simply because it's unique. There aren't a lot of songs like this out there. Finally, there's Everytime We Live Together... This song keeps growing on me. I don't have anything to compare it to other than to say that the title sets the tone for the piece. It's angry -- or at least as angry as Hooverphonic gets -- and bitter -- once again, as bitter as Hooverphonic gets.
I gave this 5 stars because despite its awkwardness as an album it is still worlds above most of what's out there. I'll take it for all its flaws as Hooverphonic are brilliant even if this as a whole is their weakest effort.
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Format: Audio CD
This album has no style.
Normally albums tend to follow a style and almost all tracks follow each other nicely. Hooverphonic's other albums are no exception. A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular and Blue Wonder Power Milk contain more than the collective sum of their tracks. Even [Hooverphonic] Presents Jackie Cane has a unifying story and style that proclaims independence from their previous work.
However, The Magnificent Tree has no cohesive unity, as the album has its feet planted in different style territories. The tracks clash with each other. For instance, Frosted Flake Wood reminds me of a bizzare sock puppet play, while Jackie Cane has funkish retro charm. Pink Fluffy Dinosaurs makes you float into an ambient trance, but the next track l'Odeur Animale drags you through an eerie morgue of gloomy echoes. Clashes like these result in a lack of cooperation between songs.
However, each track taken individually reveals that Hooverphonic is growing up. From every drum beat to sound sample, their technique is becoming more sophisticated. They're expanding their abilities, and experimenting with new styles. Rather than commiting to a certain sound, it seems to me that they decided to just have fun and test their limits. The final product: An accomplished, albeit disorganized, indicator of Hooverphonic's broad range of musical skill and ability.
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By R. Coley on April 14 2003
Format: Audio CD
After reading the reviews on this CD, I was really expecting an absolutely horrible CD. Well, it's not as good as their previous stuff, but it is a solid CD in my opinion. With good songs such as "Magnificent tree", "Out of sight", "Renaissance Affair"
and a few others that sound decent, this CD isn't that bad, but it can be silly and experimental at times as well. Especially on "Frosted Flake Wood", which sounds has a melody in it that sounds like it's straight out of an episode of Sesame Street. There are other weird and oddly placed sounds on other songs as well. I can definitely say it's not anywhere as good as "A New stereophonic sound spectacular", but it's a decent CD that has its moments.
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By Digby on April 8 2003
Format: Audio CD
ok, i admit it. i was sucked into this group by the really cool music from the volkswagen commercial, renaissance affair from "blue wonder powder milk." i loved it. i took a chance on "a new stereophonic sound spectacular," and, while i didn't like it as much i wasn't hating it either. magnificent tree put an end to my "affair" with hooverphonic. no stars for this one. really, the writing was bad. the singing was terrible. and, the musical arrangements made lawrence welk seem, well, groovy. ugh! i caught a glimpse of their latest video/song and it made me all the more sure i made the right decision. i won't be listening to any more hooverphonic.
i still listen wistfully to "blue wonder", but oh, the promise broken...
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Format: Audio CD
A lot of bands whose first lp is considered fantastic then either continue to follow that format or move on to other things. Hooverphonic has been evolving their sound for three albums now. While Sound Spectacular was a knob-twiddlers delight, Blue Wonder Power Milk progressed towards progressive pop-song structure, the Magnificent Tree continues that progression. Most bands have a hard time escaping a formula successfully. Morcheeba could be criticized for the same thing. Losing the "trip-hop" feel. I believe a mark of a good band is one that internally evolves its musical goals and tries to create something new and exciting each time. Too many bands find their niche and stay, making for bland music. If anything, Hooverphonic isn't bland. Their's is a melange of melodies, influences and atmosphere. While it doesn't always succeed, it does have its pleasurable moments and still should be a part of the Hooverphonic collection.
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