Monday, February 9, 2009

The Magnificent Tree

Belgium’s synth-pop trio Hooverphonic hit it out of the park with this 2000 release. Although heavy on synthesizers, it nevertheless has a warm approachable sound. The tracks are creative, melodious and unpredictable. From the mega-hit Mad About You to the title track which is a low, brooding song which paradoxically is very uplifting, lead singer Geike Arnaert’s vocals are in top form. The track Out of Sight coasts up and down your senses with a satisfying rhythm and wonderful lilting choruses. The song Visions was written specifically for the opening ceremony of the 2000 European Football Championship, which took place in Brussels. It is an 11 minute plus track (the theme song of the championship) which was later edited down to 3:52. Both versions are on this CD. Also, be aware, although this album has a pop feel to it, it is justifiably classified under the Alternative genre because there are some tracks that simply cannot be considered pop songs.

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