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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo release for singer-songwriter the was produced by Blake Mills.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Feb 8, 2017
    100
    Past, present, and future rest patiently before Hoop, and she’s weaved them all into her most endearing album yet.
  2. Feb 8, 2017
    100
    Memories Are Now is a gorgeously delivered elegy to heartbreak and loss; powerful, perfectly executed songs to bring comfort and strength to the weary, broken and scorned.
  3. Feb 8, 2017
    80
    Memories Are Now is a composed but not utterly controlled place, and within that tension, Hoop’s music and message, together, find their highest vibrancy.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 8, 2017
    80
    With Memories Are Now, she understands exactly when to use the bridle and bit on these wild, wise songs. [Mar 2017, p.98]
  5. Feb 9, 2017
    80
    Whether Memories Are Now shifts her from a cult concern, and recipient of handshakes and hugs from heavy friends, into something else remains to be seen, but there is something compellingly unique and hard to pigeonhole here.
  6. 80
    Hoop has been producing thought-provoking, arresting folk music since Kismet was released nearly a decade ago, but this is her most cutting, cohesive, and critical record yet.
  7. Apr 17, 2017
    60
    Hoop’s experimental tack often requires repeated listens, but it’s creativity and not mere quirkiness that ultimately leaves alingering afterglow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Feb 20, 2017
    9
    Every track is solid except for the ones where she tries to impersonate other talented and not-so-talented songwriters of these days (PJEvery track is solid except for the ones where she tries to impersonate other talented and not-so-talented songwriters of these days (PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, etc), and the vocal work is usually terrific -playful, ethereal, angsty; you can find whatever you want-. It's never predictable where a song is heading to, and with just a few background vocal takes Jesca manages to give the impression that there's an entire band playing with her. Memories Are Now is a fresh example of what kind of music folk-esque songwriters can aim to create these days. Expand
  2. May 16, 2017
    8
    This is a beautiful, connected, and spirited album with wonderfully intelligible harmonic language and simplistic textures that create a workThis is a beautiful, connected, and spirited album with wonderfully intelligible harmonic language and simplistic textures that create a work of bravery and accessibility. My Score: 146/180 (Great) = 8.1/10 Expand

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