Tangos and Tantrums [#2]

Tangos and Tantrums [#2]

by Sylvie Lewis
     
 

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Those who like Nellie McKay's smart, witty updating of the cabaret style but either find her lyrics too precious and precocious or are turned off by her rap-influenced forays will latch onto Sylvie Lewis' debut album. Similarly, fans of the Magnetic Fields' more recent chamber pop releases, the late Kirsty MacColl's masterful late-'80s/early-'90s blend of Elvis…  See more details below

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Those who like Nellie McKay's smart, witty updating of the cabaret style but either find her lyrics too precious and precocious or are turned off by her rap-influenced forays will latch onto Sylvie Lewis' debut album. Similarly, fans of the Magnetic Fields' more recent chamber pop releases, the late Kirsty MacColl's masterful late-'80s/early-'90s blend of Elvis Costello and Carole King, and those who love Norah Jones but wish she just weren't so darned polite all the time will find much to love. Lewis' throaty vocals, dryly witty lyrics ("My Rival" positions the singer as a teenager frustrated by an older woman's headstart on life, love and happiness before taking solace in the fact that at least her rival will be really old well before she is), and knack for jazzy small combo arrangements that intelligently use subtle orchestration to enhance their basic piano-bass-drums setup. Particular highlights include the dramatic "Conversation Piece," a duet with co-producer Richard Swift that recalls Julee Cruise's two albums with David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti, and the appealingly flirty "All His Exes," but the entire album is a mature, richly satisfying delight.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Cheap Lullaby
UPC:
0875929000420
catalogNumber:
4

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sylvie Lewis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals,Shaker
Byron Hagen   Piano,Trumpet
Frank Lenz   Percussion,Drums,Harp,Bells,Mellotron
Shawn Tubbs   Guitar
Elijah Thomson   Bass,Piano
Craig MacIntyre   Drums
Eric Holden   Bass
Nicole Garcia   Violin
Ginger Murphy   Cello
Richard Swift   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Bells,Wurlitzer
Jeff Borders   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sylvie   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sean Tubbs   Electric Guitar
Tarigh Akoni   Guitar
Billy Barrett   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Frank Lenz   Engineer,String Arrangements
Elijah Thomson   Engineer
Randy Wooten   Composer
Eric Holden   Producer
Sylvie Lewis   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Richard Swift   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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