Hooverphonic - A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular

We're super late in reviewing this album but just had to get it on record that we like it a lot.

Hooverphonic are from Belgium and met up in film school (which technically isn't art school but as close as it gets) and have gone on to make quite a name for themselves around Europe. A cross between the Cocteau Twins and the Pimps their music is as intelligent as it gets without slipping into the dreaded pseudo zone.

Incidentally, the vocalist who fronted the band on their 1997 US tour goes by the name of Gykee, and is not the Liesje Sadonius who sings on the album, so don't blame us if she sounded more like Ian Gillan than Liz Frazer.

From the opening bars of Inhaler to the closing seconds of Innervoice the whole moves effortlessly through a wide variety of moods and styles while always retaining a distinctive sound that they can proudly call their own. It's often difficult to capture a moment to disk but Hooverphonic do it repeatedly throughout this album and we just loved it all.

Rating: 911,077 (out of a possible 1,000,000)