Twisted Desire

Twisted Desire

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by 8½ Souvenirs
     
 
Since it begins with a seemingly ironic reading of ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man," it would be easy to dismiss 8 1/2 Souvenirs' third album Twisted Desire as another tongue-in-cheek Gen-X retro-swing folly. That may be the knee-jerk reaction, but it's an unfair one, because the rest of the album reveals that the band is far more

Overview

Since it begins with a seemingly ironic reading of ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man," it would be easy to dismiss 8 1/2 Souvenirs' third album Twisted Desire as another tongue-in-cheek Gen-X retro-swing folly. That may be the knee-jerk reaction, but it's an unfair one, because the rest of the album reveals that the band is far more sophisticated, suave, and seductive than most of their peers. No small credit goes to Chrysta Bell, the lead singer whose rich voice brings style and grace to every song, even that misdirected cover that begins the album. Then again, songwriter Olivier Giraud shares equal credit with Bell for being able to write clever, engaging songs, and the entire band shows good taste in picking outside material, such as Walter Hyatt's "Lonely in Love," as well. The end result is a surprisingly enjoyable record that shouldn't be lumped in with the smarmy schtick that usually passes for retro-swing.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266347124
catalogNumber:
63471

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

8½ Souvenirs   Primary Artist
Christine Albert   Background Vocals
Herman Jackson   Keyboards
J.J. Johnson   Drums
Patrick Murray   Trumpet
Riley Osbourne   Keyboards
Kevin Smith   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Freddie Mendoza   Trombone
Chris Gage   Guitar,Keyboards
Brannen Temple   Drums
Kira McConaghy   Background Vocals
Olivier Giraud   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bowed Saw
2 Souvenirs   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Steve Shepherd   Engineer
Freddie Mendoza   Arranger
Chris Gage   Producer
Steve Sheperd   Engineer
Jack Hazzard   Producer

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Twisted Desire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought this CD by coincidence and since then (Dec 99) this was one of the CDs I listened and enjoyed the most. Chrysta Bell's voice is something really You need to hear. Very original and refreshing.