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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Described as "the Andrews Sisters on acid," Anglo-Italian vocal trio the Puppini Sisters' sound and style are so steeped in the golden era of the silver screen that it's surprising it's taken this long for the concept of their fourth album, Hollywood, to materialize. An affectionate homage to the glamorous film stars of the '40s and '50s, its selection of show-stopping numbers from various classic musicals may be fairly predictable, but luckily, their new arrangements allow the retro-burlesque revivalists to make their own mark on the proceedings. Judy Garland's signature number, "Get Happy," is transformed into a toe-tapping folksy hoedown, with its plucked banjo riffs, ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Described as "the Andrews Sisters on acid," Anglo-Italian vocal trio the Puppini Sisters' sound and style are so steeped in the golden era of the silver screen that it's surprising it's taken this long for the concept of their fourth album, Hollywood, to materialize. An affectionate homage to the glamorous film stars of the '40s and '50s, its selection of show-stopping numbers from various classic musicals may be fairly predictable, but luckily, their new arrangements allow the retro-burlesque revivalists to make their own mark on the proceedings. Judy Garland's signature number, "Get Happy," is transformed into a toe-tapping folksy hoedown, with its plucked banjo riffs, jaunty violins, and lolloping percussion; West Side Story's "I Feel Pretty" is turned into a charming Gallic waltz; while Breakfast at Tiffany's "Moon River" is given an inventively haunting makeover, with an eerie theremin accompanying its sweeping strings and hushed ghostly harmonies. Elsewhere, the group members showcase their bilingual skills on Brigitte Bardot's playful tongue-twister "Moi Je Joue" and the French version of The Godfather's "Speak Softly Love" ("Parle Plus Bas"), channel the spirit of Marilyn Monroe on a stylish rendition of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," and provide just the right amount of sassiness for the infectious swing of Girl Crazy's "I Got Rhythm." There are a few curve balls, such as the title track (the album's sole original composition), which could easily be mistaken for an old-fashioned jazz-hands number with its triumphant brass section and rumbling double bass, while Mika's "Grace Kelly" -- neatly fitting in with the cinematic theme -- is a clever more contemporary addition that best showcases their three-part doo wop harmonies. The problems with such obvious pastiches is that it's sometimes hard to see why fans of these vintage show tunes wouldn't just seek out the originals instead. But by giving them a subtle twist, the Puppini Sisters have created an intriguing and inventive tribute that stands on its own merit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/15/2011
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602527815510
  • Catalog Number: 001630902
  • Sales rank: 38,784

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Puppini Sisters Primary Artist
Tom Hodges Saw
Henrik Jensen Hand Clapping, Double Bass, Bowed Bass, Shouts, Bowed Double Bass, Group Member
Jon Shenoy Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Blake Wilner Guitar, Mandolin, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar, Foot Stomping, Shouts, Group Member
Graham Fox Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Hand Clapping, Cajon, Foot Stomping, Shouts, Group Member
Marcella Puppini Piano, Accordion, Glockenspiel, Ukulele, Vocals, Hand Clapping, megaphone, Foot Stomping, Group Member
Stephanie O'Brien Piano, Violin, Harp, Ukulele, Vocals, Hand Clapping, megaphone, Foot Stomping, Group Member
Kate Mullins Glockenspiel, Vocals, Hand Clapping, megaphone, Group Member
Anthony Sabberton Violin
George Philips Tenor Saxophone
Jon Stokes Trombone
Wei Wei Fraser Viola
Natalie Rosario Cello
Robin Harris Swanee (Slide Whistle)
Ben Cummings Trumpet
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Nino Rota Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Ray Staff Mastering
Fred DeFaye Producer, Engineer
Jean-Max Rivière Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Gérard Bourgeois Composer
Boris Bergman Composer
The Puppini Sisters Composer
Marcella Puppini Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Stephanie O'Brien Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Kate Mullins Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Yann Ollivier Executive Producer
Peter S. Zownir Cover Photo, Picture
Larry Kusik Composer
Jule Stein Composer
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