Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny

Some artists are run of the mill, some are mainstream, some are weird and some are so unique you're left wondering what they're thinking. Beth Jeans Houghton is one of those artists. She's a most unique singer songwriter who along w/The Hooves of Destiny create art and music that's closer to something like a musical or a cabaret show then anything like pop music. Their album, Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose is a unique experience that will challenge and thrill listeners.

With a set of pipes that rivals Maria Callas and Janis Joplin's and songs that are angular, weird, and theatrical Beth Jeans Houghton creates a strange, fanciful, and bizarre environment with Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose. This is not a pop album but more like a performance art piece with movements, acts, and scenes all playing with the parameters of a four minute song. While all the standard musical instruments make an appearance the arrangements and sounds the band come up with is captivating. Its mixture of indie, theatre, and art and when combined is entertaining to say the least. In fact, it's easy to say that Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose is truly a unique and fascinating recording to just sit and listen to.

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny live in their own world where trends and currents in music are not followed. They inhabit a world in which their vision is the only vision they see and a world in which Beth Jeans Houghton is allowed to roam free and do what she wants. She does just that on Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose and it benefits greatly from this because no one is making music as challenging, dynamic, and individual as this. A visionary and talent with an unequalled voice Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny have released one of the most engrossing records of 2012.

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