Dirty Little Secret

Dirty Little Secret

by Katharine Whalen


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Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: M.C. Records
UPC: 0607735005623
catalogNumber: 56

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Dirty Little Secret 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eschewing the hot-jazz of her former combo, Squirrel Nut Zippers, vocalist Katharine Whalen brings her quirky singing style to an equally quirky modern context. Unlike her 1999 Jazz Squad outing, Whalen's hooked up with writer and multi-instrumentalist David Sale for a funky, trip-hop excursion into sounds that bounce like an amped-up version of Portishead's "Dummy." The production compellingly syncopates instrumental lines, multilayered background vocals and danceable tempos beneath Whalen's vocals. There's an undercurrent of exotica, occasionally rises to the fore such for the percussive "The Garden" and brass-lined "Want You Back." Whalen's voice still has the Billie Holiday edge of her SQN releases, but the impact is completely different in this most surprising and inventive context. 3-1/2 stars, if allowed fractional ratings. [©2006 redtunictroll at hotmail dot com]
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike so many records these days that just drone on endlessly after the one or two hits, "Dirty little secrets" moves through many styles effortlessly. There are so many interesting musical parts that it really takes many listens to get them all. My favorite song is the last one! Blur. Now how many records can you say that about, except the Beatles of course. Jazz purists might sulk though. I would warn them off. But especially if you come to this without any preconceived notions, this is a fantastic music ride.