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All Music Guide - François Couture
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - François Couture
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2003
  • Label: Career Records
  • UPC: 775020507326
  • Catalog Number: 7718
  • Sales rank: 237,249

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Poison Berries (3:59)
  2. 2 Kathleen (3:58)
  3. 3 Electra (4:06)
  4. 4 Shipwrecked (4:55)
  5. 5 Maid of Orleans (7:08)
  6. 6 Andalucian Man (4:55)
  7. 7 Stuck Inside (4:53)
  8. 8 The One I Sent Away (6:37)
  9. 9 Spinster (6:24)
  10. 10 Gladly Slip Away (5:50)
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Album Credits

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
John Ruberto Mastering
Penny Ikinger Composer, Producer
Penny Ikinger Producer
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