The Mating Game

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The label says that the debut album from Bitter:Sweet a duo featuring Supreme Being of Leisure Kiran Shahani and singer Shana Halligan will appeal to fans of Serge Gainsbourg, Portishead, and Everything But the Girl. Hold up. How does that work again? Well, as it turns out, the album won't necessary appeal to all of those people all at the same time -- the Gainsbourg fans will get a kick out of the loungey, horn-heavy "Mating Game" and is that a theremin heard warbling in the background?, while those who got excited when Everything But the Girl got all jungley and electro will love the juxtaposition of cool, breathy vocals and jumpy breakbeats on "Our Remains" and "Salty ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The label says that the debut album from Bitter:Sweet a duo featuring Supreme Being of Leisure Kiran Shahani and singer Shana Halligan will appeal to fans of Serge Gainsbourg, Portishead, and Everything But the Girl. Hold up. How does that work again? Well, as it turns out, the album won't necessary appeal to all of those people all at the same time -- the Gainsbourg fans will get a kick out of the loungey, horn-heavy "Mating Game" and is that a theremin heard warbling in the background?, while those who got excited when Everything But the Girl got all jungley and electro will love the juxtaposition of cool, breathy vocals and jumpy breakbeats on "Our Remains" and "Salty Air." For the Portishead contingent there's the spare and sulky funk of "Overdue" and the turntable-infused junglism of "Don't Forget to Breathe" which also features really nice strings and a fun rhythmic changeup in the chorus. It all adds up to an album that captivates not by virtue of real originality, but by combining familiar elements in consistently enjoyable ways.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/4/2006
  • Label: Quango
  • UPC: 182784100623
  • Catalog Number: 10062

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Don't Forget to Breathe (3:14)
  2. 2 The Mating Game (3:24)
  3. 3 Overdue (3:34)
  4. 4 Heaven (3:48)
  5. 5 Bittersweet Faith (4:19)
  6. 6 Moving Forward (3:36)
  7. 7 Moody (2:39)
  8. 8 Dirty Laundry (3:20)
  9. 9 Our Remains (3:34)
  10. 10 Salty Air (3:02)
  11. 11 Take 2 Blue (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bitter:Sweet Primary Artist
Bob Sheppard Bass Clarinet
Peter Kent Violin
Chris Murphy Violin
Jimi Randolph Keyboards
Carol Robbins Harp
Jonathan Roy Saxophone
David Stenske Viola
Michael Railton Keyboards
Freddie Flint Guitar
Shana Halligan Vocals
Sean Woolstenhulme Guitar
Kiran Shahani Synthesizer, Bass
Sharon Jackson Violin
Technical Credits
Dick Halligan String Arrangements
Jimi Randolph Producer
Michael Railton Composer, String Arrangements
Don C. Tyler Mastering
Bruno Guez Producer, Executive Producer
Shana Halligan Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Melody Arrangement
Kiran Shahani Composer, Programming, Producer
Rick Torres Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Less Bitter Than Sweet

    This album is quite neat.

    I listened to it for the first time on a short trip.
    It gave me a very nice feeling; I would say it was a calmness.
    Of course, this album isn't incredibly serene.
    But, it does have that nice feeling.

    The sound is a mixture of big band, orchestral, and electronic.
    I wasn't very crazy about the individual tracks at first, but then came to like a certain few.
    Some of my favorite tracks are Dirty Laundry, Heaven, Salty Air, and The Mating Game.

    Listen through the tracks and see how you like it.
    If you do, buy it!
    It's a great album.
    I'm hoping to buy Drama soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    After hearing one of Bitter:Sweets tracks in a new victoria secrets commercial i went out to listen to it. it is a must buy, every song is amazing. Cant wait to pick up the remix game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    *...a seductive masterpiece!!!

    ...such a charming compilation of notes this album contains* cant help but absorb the energy that emerges before you* takes you to a foreign demension i should say where mysteriously you can relate to the rhythmic melodies...AND YES! this would make 'the' perfect edition to your spring collection...usually dont leave reviews but had to leave a lit blurb for the sake of all~Good day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "SWEET" INDEED!

    what a find this was. I was browsing thru Barnes and Noble's CD area and came upon this album listened to samples of the tracks and decided to purchase it. Now it is in my car's CD changer and will most likely be there a while. Sexy, sultry, intoxicating, breezy, and extremely catchy. It's a perfect soundtrack to the spring/summer seasons roll down the windows and let these songs take you away to a blissful oasis. Great, great stuff. :)

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