I dig the new album for the most part, but there are some way overly poppy tracks that I just don't care for. Cocaine Kids is a complete throw away for me, and there are a handful of others I find quite weak. That said, I'm still not sure that I like The Night Before any better. TPotLSDGC was the last Hooverphonic album that I loved.
Yeah, Sydward, you have a point. Geike's solo effort was strong and interesting - far more than "The Night Before" and "Reflection". And, if she'll back to Hooverphonic, then Alex really should give more space to her. I'd say it's maybe a strong side of many bands - when vocalists write lyrics and offers their own musical ideas, when vocalist is a real part of a band, but not only voice.
Sydward, you have a good point. Her solo stuff proved that she was a big part of the success of the best years of Hooverphonic. If Callier and Geertz had given her the credit and input she deserves, the brilliance would have gone on for a long time. I would actually like to see her do both more solo stuff and re-join Hooverphonic, but only if they let her influence the final product.
I know we haven't heard much out of Geike lately, but I honestly would rather she put out another solo record than to rejoin Hooverphonic. Her first was marvelous and I'd love to hear how she's developed since then. A Geike-Hooverphonic reunion would be incredible, and I guess she has just as a better chance of filling her shoes as anyone else does, but I don't want her ideas to be ignored. If Alex Callier had given her more creative input in 2008, she probably would've never left. Her solo proved she has good ideas (and would've been perfect had Alex produced it, IMO.) Maybe he could give it a listen, see that she has a creative voice just as beautiful as her physical voice, and invite her back... In a perfect world I suppose.
Definitely they should try to return Geike back, then look around in searching of inspiration for more freedom approach in their music. They fell too low with this pragmatic dullness of "The Night Before" and "Reflection". Do they really want to continue this kind of prosy lounge for being-do-nothing? This is a totally uninspiring stuff. Or just break up? Hope they'll not, and will find the force of their creativity in near future.
Maybe they can beg Geike to come back and they can try and get back the genius that produced Blue Wonder Power Milk, Magnificent Tree and President of LSD Club. It's not like she seems to be doing much these days.
Geike's solo album blows their last two without her away. Hoping the third album with Noémie will go back to pushing boundaries... I've got nothing against Noémie, but their music has become quite boring since Geike left, with the exception of a few tracks, most notably Amalfi.