Doppelganger

Doppelganger

by Kid Creole & the Coconuts
     
 

Armed with a fresh batch of tropical tales, August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) leads his band of eccentric vagabonds in another episode of the continuing saga of Mimi. Of course, it's not necessary to read the esoteric liner notes, nor is a knowledge of previous chapters required to enjoy the installment entitled Doppelganger. As usual,See more details below

Overview

Armed with a fresh batch of tropical tales, August Darnell (aka Kid Creole) leads his band of eccentric vagabonds in another episode of the continuing saga of Mimi. Of course, it's not necessary to read the esoteric liner notes, nor is a knowledge of previous chapters required to enjoy the installment entitled Doppelganger. As usual, the only prerequisite is an acquired taste for the bizarre, often comical travelogues set to exotic pop which represent the essence of Kid Creole & the Coconuts. Darnell's infatuation with international environments results in a soundtrack characterized by ubiquitous percussion and spirited brass and woodwinds, although electric guitar also figures prominently in several songs. Much like Paul Simon's efforts on Graceland, Darnell incorporates world music elements to add a foreign flavor to pop postcards like "It's a Wonderful Life" and "There's Something Wrong in Paradise." Yet Darnell is rarely as serious as Simon, and only Graceland's lighthearted "You Can Call Me Al" could blend inconspicuously with the material on Doppelganger. A Caribbean-styled remake of Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy" is indicative of the album's affable nature. The song's obsession with appearances also reveals the thematic influence behind previous Kid Creole favorites such as "Annie, I'm Not Your Daddy" and "I'm a Wonderful Thing, Baby," both of which appear on their most popular album, Wise Guy. Nothing on Doppelganger can compare to those two British hits, yet nothing will fail to satisfy devoted fans either. For the uninitiated, Doppelganger's peculiar content presents a love-it or hate-it dilemma, but captivated listeners will probably enjoy discovering the rest of Kid Creole & the Coconuts' enchanting oeuvre.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2006
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140397729
catalogNumber:
3977

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kid Creole & the Coconuts   Primary Artist
Kid Creole   Indexed Contributor
Cory Daye   Guest Appearance
Coati Mundi   Group Member
Daryl Hall   Guest Appearance
Francisco Centeno   Background Vocals
Carol Coleman   Group Member
Gichy Dan   Guest Appearance
Lori Eastside   Guest Appearance
Kenny Fradley   Group Member
Andy González   Background Vocals
Taryn Hagey   Group Member
Adriana Kaegi   Group Member
Steve Kroon   Background Vocals
Charles Lagond   Group Member
Perri Lister   Guest Appearance
Jose Madera   Background Vocals
Mark Mazur   Group Member
Manny Oquendo   Background Vocals
Cheryl Poirier   Group Member
Jimmy Rippetoe   Background Vocals
Lee Robertson   Group Member
Dutch Robinson   Guest Appearance
Philippe Saisse   Background Vocals
Peter Schott   Group Member
Dian Sorel   Background Vocals
Buddy Williams   Background Vocals
Eugene Grey   Background Vocals
Karen Joseph   Background Vocals
Dave Friedman   Background Vocals
Joe Mannozzi   Background Vocals
Jerry Oland   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Barbaria   Engineer
Michael Brauer   Engineer
August Darnell   Composer,Producer
Taryn Hagey   Composer
Andy "Coatimundi" Hernandez   Composer
Mark Mazur   Composer
Julian McBrowne   Engineer
Tommy Mottola   Direction,Management
Cheryl Poirier   Composer
Peter Schott   Composer
Bruno Tilley   Art Direction
Ron Rogers   Composer

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