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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
There's something quite charming about this sophomore album from New York's Les Chaud Lapins (Hot Rabbits). Given the background of the two main members, Meg Reichardt and Kurt Hoffman (the Roulette Sisters, the Ordinaires, They Might Be Giants, etc.), it would be to easy to imagine that everything would be too clever by half. Instead, there's something very appealing about this collection of jazzy, often bizarre French chanson from the 1920s and '30s. The lyrics often veer into the decidedly surreal ("Le Fils de la Femme Poisson"), but that only adds to its appeal (the CD booklet includes translations). The strings and trumpet fill out the basic sounds of a pair of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
There's something quite charming about this sophomore album from New York's Les Chaud Lapins (Hot Rabbits). Given the background of the two main members, Meg Reichardt and Kurt Hoffman (the Roulette Sisters, the Ordinaires, They Might Be Giants, etc.), it would be to easy to imagine that everything would be too clever by half. Instead, there's something very appealing about this collection of jazzy, often bizarre French chanson from the 1920s and '30s. The lyrics often veer into the decidedly surreal ("Le Fils de la Femme Poisson"), but that only adds to its appeal (the CD booklet includes translations). The strings and trumpet fill out the basic sounds of a pair of ukuleles. At times the whole thing sounds as if it's escaped from one of Raymond Scott's mad dreams, and at others it sounds like the entertainment at a Left Bank café. Even the Reichardt/Hoffman original, "Cette Nuit-Là," sounds right at home next to the vintage material. There's no concerted attempt to be faithful to the old period. Instead, the focus is on atmosphere and mood, and kudos to Frank London for some wonderful '30s jazz trumpet throughout. It's a unique vision, perhaps, but one guaranteed to bring a smile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • Label: Barbes
  • UPC: 881626937020
  • Catalog Number: 30
  • Sales rank: 144,424

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les Chauds Lapins Primary Artist
Kurt Hoffman Clarinet, Vocals, Banjo-ukelele
Frank London Trumpet
Garo Yellin Cello
Hiroko Taguchi Violin
Andy Cotton Upright Bass
Karen Waltuch Viola
Whitney LaGrange Violin, Viola
Meg Reichardt Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals
Technical Credits
Stéphane Grappelli Composer
Henri Alibert Composer
Patrick Dillett Producer, Engineer
Kurt Hoffman Arranger, Cover Art
UE Nastasi Mastering
Alec Siniavine Composer
Mireille Composer
Les Chauds Lapins Producer, English Translations
Zimmer Composer
Sarvil Composer
Nohain Composer
Scotto Composer
Henri Battaille Composer
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