"The Rise & Fall Of Ruby Woo"
The Puppini Sisters
(Review by Jeff
Part updated versions of classic lounge songs
and part nostalgic takes on modern melodies, this recording--the second
from a trio of ladies who model both their look and sound after such vintage
girl groups as the Andrews and McGuire Sisters--is simultaneously ageless
and avant-garde. The dozen cuts are boisterous, bubbly, and now and again
even a bit bawdy, fashioning a truly rewarding and redolent recording.
"I Can't Believe I'm Not A Millionaire" is
one of five inviting original works, with an unhurried blues guitar riff
underlying the gals' heartfelt harmony. The threesome provide similarly
sweet voices to Louis Armstrong's famed "We Have All The Time In The World,"
while at other times ramping up the energy on inspired renditions of such
familiar fare as "Walk Like An Egyptian" and "Could It Be Magic." While
neither the arrangements nor song selections are quite as inspired as those
on their first album, the effort remains solidly evocative and enjoyable.
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A long-time aficionado of retro music and movies, Jeff Berkwits
has covered vintage sounds for numerous publications and websites including
Pad Magazine, Filmfax, Outré, and
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