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Stonechild

Jesca Hoop

Stonechild

Fifth full-length album from the California-based jazz-folk singer-songwriter produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Eels, Sparklehorse)

ADM rating[?]

7.9

Label
Memphis Industries
UK Release date
05/07/2019
US Release date
05/07/2019
  1. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Stonechild isn’t as much a revelation as it is an affirmation of the truth – a truth which the singer bears out across the album in fragments, inviting her listeners to construct a full picture for themselves
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  2. 8.0 |   DIY

    An exercise in top-level songwriting, stately and intelligent
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  3. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    What it is, is a beautiful record. Which is enough, in these ugly, bitter and twisted times
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  4. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Richly drawn, strong-willed record full of light and dark, sweetness and dryness, and gracefully broad multisensory intrigue
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Poised and spacious, warm and inclusive, and highly provoked, Stonechild is another memorable addition to Hoop's discography
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The result is the right step forwards at the right momement. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    John Parish's production of Hoop's delicate finger-picking adds to the sense of beautiful, bewitching isolation. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Q

    An album made for - and from - these times. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Californian bends the language of folk to her own ends on a richly rewarding album
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Hoop creates an enclosed world for the listener to inhabit and as achieved by the isolation touched upon on Shoulder Charge, she finds a shared feeling and creates a connection for us to latch onto
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  11. 8.0 |   A.V. Club

    Poised and spacious, warm and inclusive, and highly provoked, Stonechild is another memorable addition to Hoop's discography
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  12. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Hoop’s fingerpicked guitar is stage-centre, her vocals disarming and direct, but the main creative turn has been to dial down the kook and dial up the folk — to situate Hoop within a tradition rather than outside one
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  13. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    Time and again, she shows us ever so gently what we all need to hear — the strands that isolate us can also connect us together
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  14. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    With subtle electronic production tugging at the edges of her fingerpicked folk, the California singer-songwriter peers at the dark side of motherhood
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  15. 7.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Even with all its tales of tormented women, demented nursery rhymes and broken nations, “Empathy is contagious”
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