Betcha Bottom Dollar [UK]

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Poised somewhere between the Andrews Sisters and Nouvelle Vague, the Puppini Sisters modernize vocal harmony pop while keeping its "so traditional, it's hip" appeal. On their debut Betcha Bottom Dollar, the Sisters' style is their substance; it's not a coincidence that the founding Puppini, Marcella, worked for fashion icon Vivienne Westwood before forming the group. Fortunately, the trio's style -- vintage '40s outfits, cheeky covers of new wave and post-punk classics and all -- manages to stay on the likeable, not grating, side of kitsch. Taken individually, the trio's voices aren't spectacular, but they blend together nicely enough to create a convincing homage to the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Poised somewhere between the Andrews Sisters and Nouvelle Vague, the Puppini Sisters modernize vocal harmony pop while keeping its "so traditional, it's hip" appeal. On their debut Betcha Bottom Dollar, the Sisters' style is their substance; it's not a coincidence that the founding Puppini, Marcella, worked for fashion icon Vivienne Westwood before forming the group. Fortunately, the trio's style -- vintage '40s outfits, cheeky covers of new wave and post-punk classics and all -- manages to stay on the likeable, not grating, side of kitsch. Taken individually, the trio's voices aren't spectacular, but they blend together nicely enough to create a convincing homage to the heyday of vocal harmony pop in the '30s and '40s. A very pleasant "Mr. Sandman," a pretty, languid "Java Jive" and "Sway" are among the best vocal pop standards on Betcha Bottom Dollar, but interestingly enough, the Puppini Sisters often sound less campy on the songs they remake than on the classics. Not surprisingly, the original versions of the tracks they've chosen to give three-part harmony makeovers have strong melodies and distinctive singers, so it's not really all that surprising that Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" sounds lovely with three-part harmonies, or that their version of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" fits right in with "Mr. Sandman." There are times on Betcha Bottom Dollar that things feel a little too knowing and ironic, as on the chirpy cover of the Smiths' "Panic," and the album might be a little too long for the mood it's trying to sustain. On the whole, however, the genuine affection for the styles the Puppini Sisters adopt and adapt saves Betcha Bottom Dollar from being insufferably cutesy. [The U.K. versions contains two bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2006
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602498575925
  • Catalog Number: 9857592
  • Sales rank: 304,392

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Puppini Sisters Primary Artist
Roger Walls Trumpet, Bugle
André Leroux Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Alain Labrosse Percussion
Benoît Charest Guitar, Vocals, Bottle, Finger Snapping, Foot Stomping
John Sadowy Piano
Pascale Gagnon Violin
François Pilon Violin
Nicolas Letarte Saw
Marcella Puppini Accordion, Vocals
Kate Mullins Vocals, Melodica
Tom Lewis Arabesque
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Kate Bush Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Joe Garland Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Don Raye Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ray Staff Mastering
Pat Ballard Composer
Benoît Charest Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Tuba Arrangement
Andrew Rugg Engineer
Marcella Puppini Arranger
Kate Mullins Arranger
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