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Memories Are Now

Jesca Hoop

Memories Are Now

Latest studio album from the California-based jazz-folk singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    A gorgeously delivered elegy to heartbreak and loss; powerful, perfectly executed songs to bring comfort and strength to the weary, broken and scorned
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  2. 10.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Her most endearing album yet
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  3. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    One of the most engagingly idiosyncratic and refreshingly broad collections of solo singer songwriting in recent memory
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  4. 8.7 |   Gig Soup

    This is a remarkable, harrowing and stunningly intimate piece of art that must be heard
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  5. 8.0 |   The FT

    Singer-songwriter’s latest offers nimble guitar melodies reminiscent of Paul Simon and acoustic folk
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  6. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The Californian singer follows up her Sam Beam duets with a fully formed suite of songs
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  7. 8.0 |   Q

    Seems determined to rope off her own creative space. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The restlessness is counterweighted by wit and songwriting power
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  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    A prime showing off what those who have followed Hoop for the past decade or more have already known
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  10. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Hoop has yet again confirmed that she should be a lot more celebrated than many of her less original peers
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  11. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    There is something compellingly unique and hard to pigeonhole here
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  12. 8.0 |   All Music

    A songwriter who not only has a few things to get off her chest, but seems to make a call to action
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  13. 7.5 |   Earbuddy

    Sure, quiet, understated Hoop is good, but after five years of being understated, it’s great to hear her get loud
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  14. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    A boisterously declarative album that’s urgent and at times seditious
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  15. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The musical variety makes it a consistently rewarding listen. A record that will remain in memories for a long time to come
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  16. 7.0 |   The Music

    Endlessly catchy and boldly creative, Memories Are Now is a thrilling escape from the doldrum
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  17. 6.0 |   State

    Sounds as if it has been created as a template for live performances
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  18. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    The standout on Memories is Hoop’s voice, layered upon itself into absolutely heavenly harmonies
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