Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Hungry Lucy - 'Glo' (2003 - Alpha Matrix)

If you were to ask someone to name the hometown of a sleek, trip-hop duo (really, any sleek trip-hop duo), chances are you'd get answers like: London, Birmingham and New York. Most likely, you would not get "Cincinnati", but that's exactly where Hungry Lucy hails from and their national success proves that the Midwest exports more than corn and grain.

'Glo', their most recent album was released in early 2003 as two-cd set. The first cd contains twelve expertly-crafted pop tracks. Each song constructed around Christa Belle's haunting and achingly tender voice. Between the tales of October nights and lonely rooms emerge smoky Rhodes riffs, reverb-laden synths, and trip-hop beats.

The second disc twists things in a new direction. Geared mainly for the dancefloor, this disc features remixes of material from disc one. The mixes comes from such darkwave and ebm luminaries as: Claire Voyant, Aiboforcen, bloodWIRE, ThouShaltNot, trigger10d, Chandeen and Neikka RPM .Though this might seem a bit excessive, I assure you, these remixes take the songs down such paths that it doesn't come across as repetitive at all.

This album has definitely found a permanent place in my cd player and is worth checking out for fans of trip-hop, pop, darkwave or just-plain-good music.