Mary Hopkin and Morgan Visconti - You Look Familiar

You Look Familiar

Mary Hopkin and Morgan Visconti

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
CD Album 10 tracks 9.95
Download Album (mp3) 10 tracks 7.99
Download Album (wav) 10 tracks 7.99
Download individual tracks   From £0.99

Description

Mary Hopkin and Morgan Visconti - You Look Familiar

Written, recorded and performed with Mary's son, Morgan Visconti. Lyrics and melodies by Mary, instrumentation and arrangements by Morgan. Additional vocals by Morgan and Jessica Lee Morgan.

Released 2010

Reviews

Piers Ford
www.cry-me-a-torch-song.com

...Hopkin seemed bent on putting as much water between her and the days of her greatest commercial success as possible. And although there have been occasional snippets of new work in the intervening years, interviews became rare and accordingly, she acquired a reclusive, increasingly enigmatic reputation – not unlike that of Kate Bush.

Now, she has released a fascinating new album (You Look Familiar) written and produced in partnership with her son Morgan Visconti – and it’s a treat from start to finish, not least because those pristine vocals are utterly undiminished by the years. But it is also a work of real, thought-provoking depth that references Hopkin’s folk roots (“Chime” is the most overtly folk-accented track) and influences as she relates a sequence of rounded, modern stories, from the opening track (“America”) with its tale of the young stowaway heading East to the uneasy warnings of “Eve’s Revenge” and the easy, resigned chug of “Dog Eat Dog” – a catchy pub song.

Intriguingly, many of the arrangements are cradled in infectious, synth-style riffs, beats and echoing overlaid harmonies (some courtesy of daughter Jessica Lee Morgan, a singer in her own right) that often create a retro sense of lush 1980s electronic pop.

But don’t be seduced simply by the sound. Piercing barbs lurk in the lyrics, reminders that Hopkin now has the lifetime of experience that she was only able to hint at as the 18-year old singer of “Those Were the Days”. There is darkness and stinging cynicism, too. I don’t know who she had in mind, writing “Heaven Knows”. But even if her target was personal, the stinging words could equally apply to higher, more public figures and I can think of one or two politicians who would be usefully caught in their firing line.

I love “People Say”, a wise and touching account of an unexpected encounter that could lead to something more, the motherly advice of “Walk Like Me” and the epic, hypnotic forebodings of “Pretenders”. With You Look Familiar, Hopkin has emphatically shaken off the shreds of nostalgia and reminded us of a voice and pedigree that have much to offer in 2011. Don’t leave it so long next time, Mary. We’d like some more – and soon.

Tracklisting

CD Album (MHM006DIG)
  1. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - America
  2. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - People Say
  3. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Heaven Knows
  4. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Pretenders
  5. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - The Earth Turns
  6. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Time Of Your Life
  7. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Eve's Revenge
  8. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Dog Eat Dog
  9. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Chime
  10. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Walk Like Me
Download Album (MHM007)
  1. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - America
  2. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - People Say
  3. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Heaven Knows
  4. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Pretenders
  5. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - The Earth Turns
  6. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Time Of Your Life
  7. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Eve's Revenge
  8. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Dog Eat Dog
  9. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Chime
  10. Mary Hopkin/Morgan Visconti - Walk Like Me

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 America 4m 20s £0.99
2 People Say 3m 14s £0.99
3 Heaven Knows 4m 20s £0.99
4 Pretenders 3m 26s £0.99
5 The Earth Turns 4m 48s £0.99
6 Time Of Your Life 3m 48s £0.99
7 Eve's Revenge 4m 22s £0.99
8 Dog Eat Dog 4m 46s £0.99
9 Chime 4m 13s £0.99
10 Walk Like Me 4m 15s £0.99
Entire MP3 Download Album (10 tracks) £7.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

wav downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 America 4m 20s £0.99
2 People Say 3m 14s £0.99
3 Heaven Knows 4m 20s £0.99
4 Pretenders 3m 26s £0.99
5 The Earth Turns 4m 48s £0.99
6 Time Of Your Life 3m 48s £0.99
7 Eve's Revenge 4m 22s £0.99
8 Dog Eat Dog 4m 46s £0.99
9 Chime 4m 13s £0.99
10 Walk Like Me 4m 15s £0.99
Entire WAV Download Album (10 tracks) £7.99