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Most recent release, The Best of Hooverphonic (compilation, 2016); most recent release of new material, In Wonderland (2016)
Their music definitely fits into the Portishead category. I like to think of it as what early Lush might have sounded like if produced by Tricky rather than Robin Guthrie. It's never as blue as Portishead or as harsh as Tricky, but man is it good. Spacey loops, grinding bass, dreamy vocals. Killer, just killer. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Recommended for fans of sampled/electronica/pop
This album almost sounds more like Portishead than the Portishead album, but is a little too repetitive and derivative, particularly in its use of samples. While definitely a good album, Hooverphonic doesn't take a whole lot of risks, but fits nicely in to the new genre defined by bands like Portishead and Tricky. The lead vocalist Liesje Sadonius has a pleasant voice, but lacks the uniqueness to really make you take notice of the lyrics, which is probably a good thing. Instead, she comes across almost as ethereal as Liz Fraser (Cocteau Twins), until you notice that you can actually decipher lyrics if you try to. Overall, the album makes great background or mood music, with nice driving beats, but a few of the sample sounds (like the CB chatter and "the new stereophonic sound spectacular") are more annoying than enhancing. (email@example.com)
I am enjoying this immensely. It's lush, atmospheric, and varied. Many of the songs mix strings and synthesizers smoothly, and there's one song where Geike Arnaert uses a voder to lower her voice á la Laurie Anderson. I'm really interested in finding more of their stuff now. The CD I got, apparently as a marketing move, includes "Renaissance Affair" (the song used in one of the VW Beetle ads) as a bonus track. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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