Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Agnes Berenelle had her middle finger on the pulse of the songs she sang. Philip Chevron of the Pogues knew it. Elvis Costello knew it. Maybe that's why they produced this album by this macabre German born charteuse living in Ireland. Fans include the actor, Gabriel Byrne and Marc Almond of Soft Cell fame.
The best way to describe her is a naughty little Lotte Lenya with a few homicidal impluses thrown in. She was a direct descendant of the German caberet style,long associated with Brecht and Weill. Don't expect the historonics of Ute Lemper though, she's far more subtle. How does one describe her music? Dark, twisted and a viscious sense of humor.
Most of the material comes from now obscure German music hall poets such as the infamous expressionist playwright, Frank Wedekind (famous for the LULU plays and SPRING AWAKENING).Sexy, weird and profound (in an off the cuff manner), an intensity like Berenelle's is rare. In the hands of a less skillful singer this stuff would seem pretentious, but she pulls it all off with an old stripper's flare.
I don't know if this is still even in print, but jump on it if you can find it used & at a decent price. Then good luck finding her other album, MOTHER THE CLOSET'S FULL OF INFANRTYMEN."