Hunting My Dress

  • Record Label: Vanguard
  • Release Date: Jul 27, 2010
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  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. The California-bred Hoop does indeed have plenty of additional idiosyncratic ideas to offer, not just lyrically but musically, on her second album, Hunting My Dress.
  3. 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.
  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. Mojo
    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]
  6. 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.
  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.
  8. The moods and stylistic leaps made on Hunting My Dress are all the more impressive when you consider how well the album hangs together.
  9. Q Magazine
    80
    Hunting My Dress rejoices in an off-the-cuff dreamlike sensuality, pitching and rolling in all sorts of pleasingly unexpected directions. [Dec 2009, p. 115]
  10. 80
    What prevents this all from becoming a mish-mash of textures is Hoop's single-minded passion, which lends a self-assured cohesion to her diversity.
  11. 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.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
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