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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter re-records her 2010 album as an acoustic effort with guest appearances from Sam Beam, Guy Garvey, Willy Mason, and Erika Wennerstrom.
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  1. Uncut
    Apr 16, 2014
    It's an effective idea and an enjoyable stopgap before her next masterwork arrives. [May 2014, p.74]
  2. 70
    It’s emotional, it’s hooky and it’s loveable, and as a straight-up folk record for those who’ve never heard Hoop’s sounds before, it ticks a great many boxes. But, alas, as dazzling as the album regularly is, it is a fan’s record.
  3. 70
    It’s no radical reinvention, sure, but the singer captures these songs in their most up-close-and-personal state, with instrumentation stripped back to nearly zero.
  4. Apr 16, 2014
    There’s nothing on Undress that diminishes her as a songwriter; it’s just that it seems a mistake to strip some fine tracks of what made them so enthralling in the first place.
  5. Mojo
    Apr 23, 2014
    Much is intimate and seductive, but Undress emphasizes the feeling Hoop is in a holding pattern which is increasingly hard to escape. [May 2014, p.91]
  6. Q Magazine
    Apr 23, 2014
    Hoop's magic-realist folk idiom can veer a little too close to being the work of that free spirit who helps out at the health-food co-op, but here, the delicacy and subtlety of her songs is laid bare. [May 2014, p.111]