Hunting My Dress - Jesca Hoop
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  • Summary: This is the latest album for the California singer-songwriter, who started out as the nanny to Tom Waits' children.
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  1. Sure she's unconventional, a bit puzzling but in the end she is undeniably rewarding and compelling. Hell, come to think of it, Hunting My Dress might be one of 2010's most pleasant surprises.
  2. 80
    Regardless of these felicitous connections, however, Hoop remains her own invention and the appeal of her biographical details doesn't lie so much in the glitzy endorsement of Waits as in the fact they chime so perfectly with her melding of Kat Bush sensuality and Mary Poppins whimsy. [Dec 2009, p. 95]
  3. It's far more fun, however, to sit back and appreciate the album as the dawning of a new, unique voice which, through its influences (both obvious and not-so), is blending styles and carving a niche in to the increasingly crowded canon of independent and original female artists.
  4. By drawing from her vast catalogue of experiences, she finds the scope for an engaging range of musical tangents. Yet somehow, she has made an album which is not confused or disjointed.
  5. Crafting quirky folk with enough angles to appeal to those who don't usually head to San Francisco with flowers in their hair, Hoop exudes such grace that even when all that glitters isn't gold, you might momentary believe otherwise.
  6. This is a contemporary collection of eclectic modern folk songs by a bold woman who has more in common with an interesting raft of contemporaries than her mentor.
  7. Hoop is an undeniably charismatic musician, but her music will benefit from a more natural and organic absorption of these impulses. In other words, she doesn't need to work so hard to prove anything.

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  5. BenedictD.
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    9
    Deserves much wider acclaim. Fantastic.

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