- Memories Are Now

Jesca Hoop - Memories Are Now
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 10 reviews
2017 Rank: #16 / 289
USER SCORE
78
Based on
158 ratings

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Amazon
iTunes
Apple Music
Spotify

CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Memories Are Now is a gorgeously delivered elegy to heartbreak and loss; powerful, perfectly executed songs to bring comfort and strength to the weary, broken and scorned.

100
Drowned in Sound

What always chills my blood and ties my tongue is Hoop herself, no longer a spider but a monarch butterfly, louder and brighter and stronger than she’s even dared to sing before.

90
Loud and Quiet

One of the most engagingly idiosyncratic and refreshingly broad collections of solo singer songwriting in recent memory.

87
GIGsoup
This is a remarkable, harrowing and stunningly intimate piece of art that must be heard. With the eclectic mix of genre-defying songs on ‘Memories Are Now,’ Hoop proves herself a tricky artist to pin down, but there can be no question of her artistry.
80
AllMusic

The album encompasses much of the range of her previous output, which routinely challenged the boundaries of indie rock and folk, encouraging a label more along the lines of unconventional singer/songwriter.

80
PopMatters

Memories Are Now brings the idiosyncratic nature of Hoop’s original artistic design to the forefront with as much grace and freneticism as she has always born.

80
The Guardian

For an album with a pretty bare sound – fingerpicked guitar, lots of reverb and space, rhythm tracks that amount to the odd bass drum thud and what sounds like someone banging a piece of wood against the floor – it’s teeming with ideas.

80
The Line of Best Fit

At 39 minutes, there’s hardly a wasted moment on Memories Are Now. It's the rare folk record that never allows you to zone out or simply engage with it as a collection of lilting melodies and ornate instrumentals.

80
God Is in the TV

Memories Are Now is a giant leap forward for Jesca Hoop, betraying any lazy pigeonholing, and really cements her growing status as one of the true visionaries of the music world today.

73
Pitchfork

Jesca Hoop’s fourth album Memories Are Now sounds like her most complete and refined statement yet, a boisterously declarative album that’s urgent and at times seditious.

chessmess
78
Joanna Newsom isn't on spotify, so this is the second best thing I could find
WildChameleon
85
+ Precise
+ Charming voice
+ Cool lyrics
+ A little experimental ...

- ... But not enough deep to this direction ...
- ... And as a result, predictible at moments
EMR
77
Veteran american singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop is back with her first full lenght release after a five-year studio hiatus. As in most of her past endeavours, Memories Are Now reveals a multitude of themes and different approaches to her always rich and evocative songwriting style. Aside from that, this is still a very potent, emotionally charged album that, as most good singer/songwriter records do, has the ability to reach out for the listener on the more passionate, somehow agressive cuts (the ... read more
pouls
77
Jesca Hoop's Memories Are Now is easily one of the better indie folk records of the year thus far, and one of the best that I've listened to in quite some time.
The vocals in this album are great, and they do remind me a lot of Joanna Newsom (in the first track, they sounded like the mixture between Newsom and Björk), and they are passionate and they do add a lot to the album.
The instrumentation is lush, it's beautiful, with its strings, guitars and percussion. It's an album that is very ... read more
MarkCooper
75
Really taken aback by the amount of variety found on an album that uses only the most textbook instruments for folk/singer-songwriter music. Hints of songwriting influences from Patti Smith, to 80's new wave, to old Celtic music can be spotted throughout. The lyrics are solid as well. The last few songs kind of feel a tad unfinished for me, but would still be strong points on any other folk album. Heck yeah Jesca, you rock.

Songs of Old is maybe the most well made song I've heard this year. ... read more
More user reviews
Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell

Sufjan Stevens

Carrie & Lowell

Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me

Mount Eerie

A Crow Looked at Me

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Skeleton Tree

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty

I Love You, Honeybear

Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp a Butterfly

Angel Olsen - My Woman

Angel Olsen

My Woman

Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Kendrick Lamar

good kid, m.A.A.d. city

Father John Misty - Pure Comedy

Father John Misty

Pure Comedy



Added on: November 17, 2016