Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke

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Unlike her indie-disco counterparts CSS, the Gossip and Ting Tings, New Zealand one-woman show Ladyhawke has yet to break through to the mainstream, despite possessing a much more polished sound that seems tailor-made for the upper reaches of the charts. HerSee more details below

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Unlike her indie-disco counterparts CSS, the Gossip and Ting Tings, New Zealand one-woman show Ladyhawke has yet to break through to the mainstream, despite possessing a much more polished sound that seems tailor-made for the upper reaches of the charts. Her self-titled debut album, co-written with the likes of Pascal Gabriel (Dido) and Hannah Robinson (Girls Aloud) suggests that commercial success will surely only be a matter of time. Not afraid to plunder both her cool and distinctly uncool record collection, Ladyhawke, aka Pip Brown, has crafted 13 instantly accessible songs, each of which sounds like a potential hit single. Heavily influenced by synth pop, new wave, and AOR in equal measures, Ladyhawke, sounds like a who's who of '80s pop. "Back of the Van" is the Pretenders meets Van Halen's "Jump"; "Professional Suicide" sounds like a lost classic Gary Numan single; while the storming chorus of "My Delirium" echoes the power pop of the Bangles and the Go Go's. Best of all is "Crazy World," whose chugging basslines and dreamy synths would perfectly fit the closing scenes of a Brat Pack movie. But despite its blatant retro vibe, it still manages to sound fresh thanks to its clever production and Brown's fiery and vibrant vocals. She may be a rather awkward live performer, but on record she's full of charisma and personality, and never more so than on the thumping "From Dusk Til Dawn" and the highly infectious "Paris Is Burning," arguably two of the finest pop singles to miss the Top 40 in recent times. Ladyhawke is unlikely to win any awards for originality but you'd be hard pressed to find a more consistent and hook-laden debut all year.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2008
Label:
Modular Interscope
UPC:
0602517801974
catalogNumber:
93

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ladyhawke   Primary Artist
Alex Gray   Percussion,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Paul Harris   Drums,Keyboards
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards
Leo Bubba Taylor   Drums
Pascal Gabriel   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Anu Pillai   Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Di Francesco   Synthesizer,Bass Guitar
Hannah Robinson   Background Vocals
Peter Huntington   Drums
Jim Eliot   Drums,Keyboards
Roy Kerr   Drums
Pip Brown   Synthesizer,Guitar,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Alex Gray   Composer
Paul Harris   Composer,Audio Production
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Audio Production
Pascal Gabriel   Composer,Audio Production
Jim Elliot   Composer
Anu Pillai   Composer,Programming
Michael Di Francesco   Composer,Audio Production
Hannah Robinson   Composer
Jim Eliot   Composer,Audio Production
Roy Kerr   Composer,Programming
Kid Gloves   Audio Production
Phillipa Brown   Composer

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