Anthology Archive [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Formed by Black Tape for a Blue Girl/Projekt main man Sam Rosenthal and neo-cabaret queen Nicki Jaine, Revue Noir never put out a full album, but Anthology Archive draws all the pieces together -- five formally released songs plus eight unreleased studio and live numbers -- for those interested. If a diversion for both it was a fruitful one, with Jaine's aesthetic choices taking the lead more often than not; Rosenthal's electronic work has rarely been so spiky, except perhaps in recent years, and Jaine's commanding voice keeps the focus on her throughout. A perfect example lies in the remake of the Black Tape standard "I Have No More Answers," turned from the extended ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ned Raggett
Formed by Black Tape for a Blue Girl/Projekt main man Sam Rosenthal and neo-cabaret queen Nicki Jaine, Revue Noir never put out a full album, but Anthology Archive draws all the pieces together -- five formally released songs plus eight unreleased studio and live numbers -- for those interested. If a diversion for both it was a fruitful one, with Jaine's aesthetic choices taking the lead more often than not; Rosenthal's electronic work has rarely been so spiky, except perhaps in recent years, and Jaine's commanding voice keeps the focus on her throughout. A perfect example lies in the remake of the Black Tape standard "I Have No More Answers," turned from the extended serene romanticism of the original into a tense, stark arrangement. With Jaine's singing giving the words a bitterer, forceful edge and the music turning into a Grand Guignol soundtrack by the end, it's a striking reinvention -- Black Tape's "Halo Star" also appears in a live version here, enjoyable but not as breathtaking a revamp. On the duo's originals such as "The Gravediggers" and most memorably "A Girl, a Smoke," featured in both a rehearsal and a final version, Jaine's cabaret/goth air of brittle, coolly beautiful command is paramount. The latter song, the duo's best overall, switches from mournful to sharp and angry on the chorus, all doing so without breaking the flow of the piece. Besides other originals, including the piano-led "Strange Little Show" and the near black metal symphonics of "She Is the Madman," three full covers appear, each almost obviously appropriate: the Brecht/Weill standard "Alabama Song"; the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties" done without the obsessively driving rhythm of the original, a choice that works well for them; and most enjoyably, David Bowie's "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide," the implied Dietrich-like showstopper nature of the song given full life in Jaine's hands, especially on the big but not strained conclusion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2008
  • Label: Projekt Records
  • UPC: 617026021324
  • Catalog Number: 213
  • Sales rank: 232,735

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Revue Noir Primary Artist
Bret Helm Electric Guitar
Jeanne LeBlanc Cello
Gregor Kitzis Violin, Distortion
Athan Maroulis Background Vocals
Sam Rosenthal Cymbals, Moog Synthesizer, electronics
Meredith Yayanos Violin, Theremin
Nicki Jaine Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Bart Walter Helm Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
David Bowie Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Chris Shepherd Producer, Drum Engineering
Al Ursini Mastering
Gregor Kitzis String Arrangements
Sam Rosenthal Producer, Engineer, Graphic Design
Meredith Yayanos String Arrangements
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