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Electra
     

Electra

by Penny Ikinger
 
This is a strong debut for Penny Ikinger. The songwriting is solid, with a personal voice already peeking its head through the guitar textures. The singer/guitarist has a knack for catchy melodies. Their immediate charm, almost pop at times, is counterbalanced by her sleazy guitar playing -- Françoise Hardy backed by Makoto Kawabata,

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This is a strong debut for Penny Ikinger. The songwriting is solid, with a personal voice already peeking its head through the guitar textures. The singer/guitarist has a knack for catchy melodies. Their immediate charm, almost pop at times, is counterbalanced by her sleazy guitar playing -- Françoise Hardy backed by Makoto Kawabata, perhaps? No, that may be going a little bit too far, but there is something of Hardy and Marianne Faithfull in Ikinger's voice and delivery. And there's something resolutely psychedelic in her band arrangements. Overdriven double bass and triple-layer fuzz guitars form an engaging background. It's a wonder the singer manages to remain on top most of the time. The album starts very nicely with "Poison Berries," a tight song with alternative radio appeal. And it doesn't reveal everything right from the start; it has a certain refrained attitude, as if Ikinger was waiting for the listener to get comfortable before cranking the amps and letting it loose. The same applies to "Kathleen," a nice song but somewhat too gentle (a video for it, directed by Rachel Lucas, is included on this enhanced CD). Listeners reach cruising speed with "Electra" and "Shipwrecked." "Maid of Orleans" explores different textures, including a string quartet and an antique waltz rhythm. In the last third of the album Ikinger tries a softer approach, playing charm over power. It works well and you may find that the closing "Gladly Slip Away" is very reminiscent of Concrete Blonde -- a comparison that should be considered a compliment.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Career Records
UPC:
0775020507326
catalogNumber:
7718
Rank:
264490

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Performance Credits

Penny Ikinger   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Rosie Westbrook   Double Bass
Brian Hooper   Bass
Charlie Owen   Mandolin,Lap Steel Guitar
Craig Harnath   Bass
Finn Keane   Guitar
Charlotte Armstrong   Violin
Shamus Goble   Drums
Cameron Goold   Percussion
Attila Kuti   Violin
Emilie Martin   Violin
Chris Harrington   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rosie Westbrook   Composer
Mark Ferrie   Artwork
Craig Harnath   Producer,Engineer
Penny Ikinger   Composer,Producer
Penny Ikinger   Producer

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