Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|8 1/2 Souvenirs|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock
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Perhaps the best of 8 &1/2 Souvenirs
gloria stevenson | Novato, Ca USA | 07/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw, and absolutly fell in live with, 8 &1/2 Souvenirs on PBS's Austin City Limits. They performed most of the material on the CD HAPPY FEET. Having now purchased everything they have released [Souvonica & Twisted Desire] I can only hope and pray the group returns to their "Happy Feet" roots; for this CD really proves the groups incredably unique sound and astounding talent. A "Euro Swing Band"[they sing in a number of languages] from Austin Texas playing fresh invigerating music with enormous heart. Olivier Giraud's sweet french voice is spell binding, not to mention Glover Gill's piano playing [is it Jazz, Ragtime, or Prokofiev revisited?]and of course Chrysta Bell's beautifully styalized voice, which has never sounded better. I usually stick to Rachmaninov and the boys, but HAPPY FEET brought chills to my spine, and tears to my eyes,to think such music may be gone for now."
Botch-a-me, botch-a-you and everything goes crazy!
Daniel J. Hamlow | 12/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think this song is just cool and yet wierd, and yet I like it! I think it's really good and funny. I think "It's Alright With Me" is cool, too. I mostly like when Krystabelle sings--her voice is really nice. I think "Black Trombone" is really interesting, too. I think kids will like this CD, not just adults. I'm eight years old, and I mostly like Krystabell's voice AND the tunes! My favorite one is "Botch-a-me, botch-a-you and Everything Goes Crazy". It's a good jazz song, and I think this is a very good jazzy dance CD. It makes me feel very happy and goofy!"
Happy feet... oh how I love it!
Daniel J. Hamlow | Narita, Japan | 03/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having heard Twisted Desire, I had a twisted desire to get 8-1/2 Souvenir's first album, Happy Feet, a more upbeat jazz effort than Twisted Desire, with more piano and guitars. Happy Feet is slightly better than its successor, but by a hair. It's the kind of music one hears at a classy French nightclub, drinking mocha, espresso, or something exotic flavoured with Kahlua. A thin line would be sitting back and listening to the music or dancing to it with someone special while the band plays.The jazzy title track sets the standard of tasteful, fun, and classy music. Songs are in Italian, French, and English. The instrumentals are just as peppy, such as "Kazango" and "Place de Brouckere." "Blues En Mineur" is a slow jazz number with a wandering piano backed by a stomping bass.Chrysta Bell's sensuous and vital vocals are best represented in Cole Porter's "It's All Right With Me" and the bubbly "Botch-A-Me." She doesn't get to sing much here, the majority of songs being vocalized by Olivier Giraud (I presume) or being instrumentals. If a lack of record sales causes the group's dissolution, I would buy any solo albums she puts out as a showcase for her splendid voice.Much of their cover influences are French jazz and pop from the 1950's. They cover Django Reinhardt's "Place de Brouckere," "Blues En Mineur," and "Minor Swing," the latter which is the tune that the revellers dance to in the movie Chocolat. Two Serge Gainsbourg tunes are done here: "La Poinconneur des Lilas" and the moody "Black Trombone." Hearing their cover of "Brazil" finally gave me the name of the tune that Something Weird Video plays in the opening trailers of their feature film videos.All I need is the criminally hard-to-get Souvonica and I will have all 25 & 1/2 souvenirs."