Album Review: Hood – Compilations 1995-2003

By on Friday, 9th April 2010 at 12:00 pm

For those of you itching to scratch at something new, give some time to Leeds-based band, Hood. Though they’re not exactly fresh to the music scene, their touch of ambiguity is indeed timeless, as heard on their recently re-released “Compilations 1995-2003” album. If you come at it blindly like I initially did, you’d do no better than to classify it as an obscure, Radiohead b-side album. Not too shabby a comparison then.

So did this compilation compel me to go out and buy up all the Hood albums I could possibly find? No. But that’s not too say I didn’t enjoy the overall LP. On the surface, I’m intrigued by this low-fi band which formed in the early ‘90s and has allegedly had at least half a dozen of various members flutter in and out of the band.

One of the wonderful highlights about this varied album is the mix of moods ranging from the stripped, solemn and piano driven opening track, “For a Moment, Lost.” The album then progresses with other achingly beautiful and mystery-laden songs where we hear some tinges of a pseudo- Mogawai, especially in album standout, “I Have It In My Heart To Jump Into The Ocean.” For more than six minutes with this track, a haunting, string-driven track invades your soul, providing either a backdrop of remorse or redemption while the sparse singing of vocalist Chris Adams slips in among the heavy dose of experimentalism.

Perhaps the most post-punk/ acoustic rock song on this release is “Sound the Cliche Klaxons”, where we also hear the fullest amount of vocals, though with generic lyrics such as ” I haven’t seen you around in awhile/Maybe it’s over” it’s no surprise there’s a meager amount of singing on a whole with this compilation. And my god, it works. Truth be known, there’s something utterly fascinating with the ebb of obscurity which is pulled by a flow of hazy experimentation, haunting clashes and brooding rhythms.

There’s electro-trips and mediation rock sprinkled throughout this album as well – perhaps an ideal source of musical pleasure for college students churning out those yearly term papers in the wee hours of darkness. Still, those of us in the 8-5 rat race are bound to enjoy this 20-track album equally as well. If that 20-track mention threw you off, don’t sweat. This is one album that sweeps along in just the right speed that you’ll be on the second listen before you know it. With that, who wouldn’t feel the same sense of aforementioned intrigue?

If you’d like to pick up a copy of the album, pop on over to Misplaced Music to order one of the CDs for just £7.

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