by Jesca Hoop


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Santa Monica fell under Jesca Hoop's spell in autumn 2006, making her "Seed of Wonder" the most requested song in her local radio station's history. Hoop re-recorded it for her debut Kismet album, with assistance from Stewart Copeland, whose complex, ever-shifting rhythms enhance the number's uniqueness, sliding it toward hip-hop here, prodding it into a Native American dance there. Hoop is the master of such musical shifts and slides, and Kismet beautifully highlights her constantly altering perspectives. "Out the Back Door," for instance, swings dramatically from hip-hop to blues before leaping unexpectedly into drum'n'bass, while Hoop twirls her vocal styles in even more directions. The blues edge a clutch more tracks to wonderful effect, yet the singer is equally at home with folk, as she beautifully displays across the dreamy "Enemy" and the sublime "House in Heaven." The latter was lyrically inspired by a dramatic Chinese legend, and musically gives a twist of the East to British folk before sweeping into a '40s-styled jazz revue. The elegant, sophisticated "Love and Love Again" takes that latter style to its logical conclusion with a glamorous Hollywood musical arrangement, as Hoop swells and deepens her vocals in homage to Judy Garland. "Love Is All We Have" is a bit less successful, the mostly acoustic backing haunting, but her lyrics seeming a bit trite when themed to the man-made catastrophe that followed Hurricane Katrina. Much better is "Money," which instantly evokes Liza Minnelli's classic but moves the scene and theme from a Berlin café to the L.A. music industry, albeit musically via a South American tango club. "Summertime," a harmony and harmonics-drenched piece of confectionery, is lovely, but one of the least interesting songs on this enchanting and challenging album. It is, of course, the label's pick for first single. There are so many more fascinating songs within that it almost pales in comparison, for this is a set to leave one breathless with wonder.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: Red Int / Red Ink
UPC: 0828767470023
catalogNumber: 74700

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jesca Hoop   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Baerwald   Mandolin,Keyboards,12-string Guitar
Stewart Copeland   Drums
Tony Berg   Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,Bandurria
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Ian Walker   Bass
Patrick Warren   Accordion,Horn,Keyboards
Cedric Lemoyne   Bass
Frank Lenz   Vibes,Wind Instruments
Jose Antonio Pasillas   Drums
Sam Farrar   Bass
Alex Greenwald   Vocals,Omnichord
Blake Mills   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

David Baerwald   Composer,Engineer
Tony Berg   Producer
Eric Valentine   Engineer
David Bett   Art Direction
Jake Davies   Engineer
Claudia Kunin   Illustrations
Frank Lenz   Arranger
Alex Greenwald   Atmosphere
Nicholas Rubin   Illustrations
Jesca Hoop   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Shawn Everett   Engineer

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Kismet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jesca Hoop has an amazing voice! I love all of the tracks on this CD, and will be on the lookout for another CD by her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jesca Hoop's style is very unique and addicting. It's worth every penny!
DRDRJAY More than 1 year ago
On this, her second album, nice songs, beautiful voice. We'll be hearing a lot about her in the future!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago