Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Makes you cooler just listening to it
M. OYoung | 04/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I first found out about this CD from exploring music that is similar to Fantastic Plastic Machine. It drew my attention because of its swinging cover art. I'm glad to say that the music is just as fun and breezy as the cover, but unfortunately it's a bit on the short side. (about 35 minutes) Def. buy if you like FPM, Pizzicato 5, or neo-Lounge/kitsch in general. Don't bother looking in those giant music stores for it, either. They're not hip enough to carry it."
chloe_webb | Boston, MA | 01/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A low-fi simple collection of inventive and catchy songs. CD moves from symphonic to bossanova and 60's soundtrack feel, crescends into wall of sound with an epic ending! The production is lacking, however this ambitious effort does not go unappreciated!! While I admit, I never really got into Vol. 2 which followed this CD, Songs for the Jet Set is a refreshing little odyssey compared with all the stuff being churned out by record companies to look like them... definitely worthy of regular rotation and listening. The kitsch factor of their own Fantastic Everlasting Gobstopper theme woven into a more traditional choral and bossanova vocals and classical guitar definitely makes this CD more than pretty wallpaper. Most notably, the songs are timeless and stand on their own. Truly warped at times alternatively brilliant, this CD's innocence and attention to melody is refreshing. It seems like once people hear it in my car, it's instantly one of their favorite cds and I am lucky if I can keep my copy. I'd say if you like the feminine quirkiness of Bjork, the edginess of the indie low-fi rock, and/or the intelligence of Thievery Corporation, this cd may be one of your favorites."
The first in a series. Tune in, chill-out, and swing.
Wickerlove | Canada | 06/15/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The first of three 'Songs For The Jet Set' CD series, all in all, lounge music to sooth the soul and calm the senses. For what it's worth, a nice compilation of breezy jazz-like tunes, quaint and delicate, with a touch of swinging Euro-kisch. The songs tend to alternate between Burt Bacharach's aural-prozac and shuffling bossanova rhythms (with Astrud Gilberto-ish vocals) and a coating of fluffy Brian Wilson/Sean O'Hagan type arrangements. Thrown into the mix are the cloud-flights of The Fifth Dimension, Stereolab's doo-wop harmonies, and kischy guitar grooves. The songs go from inducing a romantic cool to hipster suave, the soundtrack to catch gentle Parisian breezes while sitting at an outdoor cafe."