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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...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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: 602517801974
  • Catalog Number: 93

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Magic (3:29)
  2. 2 Manipulating Woman (3:37)
  3. 3 My Delirium (4:17)
  4. 4 Better Than Sunday (3:30)
  5. 5 Another Runaway (3:18)
  6. 6 Love Don't Live Here (4:04)
  7. 7 Back of the Van (3:42)
  8. 8 Paris Is Burning (3:51)
  9. 9 Professional Suicide (3:45)
  10. 10 Dusk Till Dawn (2:38)
  11. 11 Crazy World (3:37)
  12. 12 Morning Dreams (4:00)
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    it was alright

    I believe this album is very well for dancing and club. But on its "original" note, it's the same, as any artist or band that wants to do the retro 80s scene.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    New Zealand Rocks!

    Modular Records just keeps putting out great albums! Ladyhawke brings us great pop songs drawing influences from the 80s with Stevie Nicks-like vox and lyrics. Check out: "Dusk Till Dawn", "Back of the Van", "Paris is Burning", "My Delirium" (i might as well just list all of the songs theyre all so good!!) --LD.

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