Betcha Bottom Dollar

Betcha Bottom Dollar

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by The Puppini Sisters
     
 

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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, See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602498461709
catalogNumber:
000840902
Rank:
2288

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Puppini Sisters   Primary Artist
Roger Walls   Trumpet,Bugle
André Leroux   Clarinet,Flute,Saxophone
Alain Labrosse   Percussion
David Rand Martin   Tuba
Benoît Charest   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Bottle,Finger Snapping,Foot Stomping
John Sadowy   Piano
Pascale Gagnon   Violin
François Pilon   Violin
Nicolas Letarte   Saw
Marcella Puppini   Accordion,Vocals,Group Member
Kate Mullins   Vocals,Melodica,Group Member

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Kate Bush   Composer
Debbie Harry   Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Boyd Atkins   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Joe Garland   Composer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Jacob Jacobs   Composer
Sammy Kahn   Composer
Johnny Marr   Composer
Freddie Perren   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Chris Stein   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Renato Carosone   Composer
Ray Staff   Mastering
Ben Oakland   Composer
Pat Ballard   Composer
Milton Drake   Composer
Benoît Charest   Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Tuba Arrangement
Andrew Rugg   Engineer
Marcella Puppini   Arranger
Kate Mullins   Arranger

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