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Hood Album Reviews 4out of 5
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Hood have always shown a willingness to experiment but it was still quite a surprise to see one of Yorkshire's premier miserablist outifts team up with cutting edge hip-hop stars Dose One and Why?. Having said that, it's a credit to the skills of both parties that the end product was frequently excellent. Stylistically, 'Outside Closer' could be referred to as a back to basics album; the rainy day rock of 'End Of One Train Waiting' and 'Closure' would have found space on 1999's 'The Cycle Of Days And Seasons' but there's an accessibility to a few of the tracks here which suggests there's a wider audience out there for them. These qualities are fully on show for the first two singles ('The Negatives', 'The Lost You') if listeners could learn to appreciate Hood's unique woozy vocal harmonies. Hood have always acknowledged Bark Psychosis and Talk Talk as an influence and although 'Winter 72' features echoes of both those bands, that song is a little confused compared to 'Still Rain Fell' where the mournful sketching is fitted into a conventional verse-chorus structure. Yet this fine band reach their peak on 'Any Hopeful Thoughts Arrive'; blessed with a brilliant guitar pattern that encircles the brain before it lodges deep inside never to be forgotten. And as a muted trumpet fades into the distance on the closing song, it is hoped that its title 'This Is It Forever' does not prove prophetic.
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  Track Listing
01 (Int)
02 The Negatives...
03 Any Hopeful Thoughts Arrive
04 End Of One Train Working
05 Winter 72
Standout Track The Lost You
07 Still Rain Fell
08 1. Fading Hills
09 Closure
10 This Is It Forever

Standout Track = Standout Track

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Also Recommended:
Bark Psychosis - Replay, \\\CODENAME:Dustsucker
Delicate AWOL - Our Genome
Epic45 - England Fallen Over EP
Garbarek, Anja - Smiling & Waving
Hollis, Mark - Mark Hollis
Hood - Cabled Linear Traction, The Cycle Of Days And Seasons, Cold House, The Lost You EP, Compilations 1995-2002
Royce - Tuff Love
Talk Talk - The Colour Of Spring, Spirit Of Eden, London 1986, Missing Pieces
Walter Meego - Walter Meego EP
Wyatt, Robert - EPs, Rock Bottom, Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard
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