Tom Waits has always had an ear for a star, and he's cherry picked one in the making here indeed, Waits' long term patronage has helped his former nanny to forge a rather accomplished music career of her own. And childcare's loss is certainly our gain! New to UK listeners but a known quantity in the States, Hoop's idiosyncratic vocal style and kooky arrangements have already attracted favourable comparisons to Tori Amos, Kate Bush and Regina Spektor. If the critics were right and 2009 was the year of the girl, then on this evidence that trend looks set to continue in 2010.