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Crime in Choir / Hoop, the
Album:Hoop, the Collection:General
Artist:Crime in Choir Added:11/2003
Label:Frenetic Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-12-08 Pull Date:2004-02-09 
Week Ending:8 Feb25 Jan18 Jan11 Jan4 Jan28 Dec21 Dec14 Dec

 Recent Airplay
1.Aug 11, 2021:Some Songs Without Words
Vene Qua
4.Feb 06, 2006:Stirling's Approximation
Hot Slant
2.Jul 10, 2007:Alban Stands There
Strong Beautiful Suspicious Horse
5.Sep 30, 2005:Distraction-Limited: Retrospective
Vene Qua
3.Sep 27, 2006:At Your Local Dive
6.Apr 15, 2005:Stirling's Distraction
The Hoop

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2003-12-09 

The 2nd release by these local prog-rockers keeps up the pace from their excellent debut from last year. There’s a mix of Magma, early King Crimson, Gong (mostly ‘cause of the saxophone parts), and even places where you can almost imagine a young Peter Gabriel singing about giant hogweeds & such. (YES, that’s a compliment!). Them throw in some Mahavishnu Orchestra & you’ve got a mighty nice mix. Better “the kids” digging on this that some “fashion-pop” crap like The Strokes or whatever. Hey, kids this is called “PROG-ROCK”! So stick that in your damn ‘hipster handbook’!

(((1))) Kinda heavy, singular-note bass pummelling ‘ala King Crimson with rather big Anthony Banks (Genesis) style keyboards & King Crimson/Gong-like sax. Killer! Actually sounds a tad modern, too.
((((2)))) Noodling, jazzy keyboards/vintage sounding synths...floating around Camel/1973-4-ish Genesis, and some funky Mahavishnu aspects, too.
(3) Very mellow, ‘floating in space’ vs. ‘tinkling ivories’ sounds. Too short, not much goin’ on here.
((((4)))) Uptempo, rockin’ prog, baby! Rick Wakeman would be proud! Or better yet, jealous! Sounds like a sandwich with the bread being Gabriel-era Genesis, ‘72-’74-era Yes and the ‘middle’ being Camel. Delicious!
(((5))) Holy crap-they just got all “post-rock” here. Actually, post-rock is an ultra-lame term, so let’s say this is more like the verrrrry awesome sounds of the Durutti Column. Mellow, strummy guitars over chirping, echoey beats.
((((6)))) Driving rythmn not too unlike say, Trans Am if they say had Bill Bruford (of Yes and King Crimson) on drums & the Durutti Column’s Vini Reily on guitar. Bad ass!
((((7)))) Flowing, 1-2-3-4 pattern rolling on the moog/keyboard thingy, more of that Camel meets King Crimson sound. Intricate structure but not totally intricate that it becomes all loony like E.L.P.
((8)) Jazzy guitars, with a sort of samba beat (!). Best thing is the guitars, not much else.
(((((9))))) Totally posi-prog sounding! Super uplifiting & just totally ‘take charge’ kind of sound. Both modern & classic at the same time! All-round killer tune, without any doubt! Best track on the album (it was a tough pick, mind you!)
(((10))) Dub-like beats, then some odd R.I.O. (R.I.O. = Rock In Opposition, sort of a not-so-rock like based prog-esque style ‘ala bands like Univers Zero, Present, Henry Cow, etc.)
sounding structures with weird, sliding notes, off-kilter patterns all over. Trippy.

Track Listing
1.Strong Beautiful Suspicious 6.Hot Slant
2.Vene Qua 7.Where R R Umbrellas
3.The Perfect Cover for this I 8.Night Bandit
4.The Hoop 9.Didomonico
5.Magnetotail 10.In Search of Plunder