Jesca Hoop - The House That Jack Built

Californian singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop has been bubbling beneath the surface of the mainstream, building a reputation on beautifully idiosyncratic songs carved from the bones of folk, roots and alternative pop. The former Mormon was first championed by Tom Waits, who fell for her sound when she was working as his children's nanny. Since then she has gained fans including Elbow's Guy Garvey and Peter Gabriel, who invited her on tour as his backing singer. Though perhaps a little tamer and more polished than Hoop's previous endeavours, The House That Jack Built is still soulful and brimming with depth. Dark lyrics are deceptively wrapped in a sweet and tender delivery, with an overall calm heightening the atmosphere. With this album, Hoop may well break through.

Rating: 7/10

(Review by Nathania Hartley)