ALBUM REVIEW: "Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose" by Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny

February 17. 2012 | By Vicki Dolenga

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny
Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose
[Mute Records]

From the first song on Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose, “Sweet Tooth Bird,” you’re captured by the bounciness of Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny – and you know you’re going to be in for a fun and interesting ride. In addition to her ethereal lead vocals, Beth also wrote every song on the album and plays a number of instruments – guitar and piano to the more unusual ukulele, vibraphone, and harpsichord. Add in the four guys that make up The Hooves of Destiny with their backing vocals, drums, more guitars, and the occasional violin, plus producer Ben Hillier (Depeche Mode, Blur), and the end results are fully rounded out pop/rock songs with a bit of folk flavor. The similarity to another British singer is inescapable, so if you like Florence and the Machine, do yourself a favor and pick up Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny. And be sure to catch the “hidden” song at the end of “Carousel,” where they take a minute to completely rock out!

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