This contemporary, wiggle-dress-wearing trio merges the rich, layered harmonies and pristine pop of the classic Motown Records-era Girl Group sound with modern themes. We Are The Pipettes is a modern indie pop album, and a... more » classic one at that. Having made a splash in the US with a sold-out club tour in June, a wave of early press from South By Southwest and beyond, and the EP/single release for Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me, The Pipettes are now poised to bring their timeless pop hooks and synchronized stage moves to the US with their debut LP, We Are the Pipettes.« less
This contemporary, wiggle-dress-wearing trio merges the rich, layered harmonies and pristine pop of the classic Motown Records-era Girl Group sound with modern themes. We Are The Pipettes is a modern indie pop album, and a classic one at that. Having made a splash in the US with a sold-out club tour in June, a wave of early press from South By Southwest and beyond, and the EP/single release for Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me, The Pipettes are now poised to bring their timeless pop hooks and synchronized stage moves to the US with their debut LP, We Are the Pipettes.
Larry E. (wle) from DORAVILLE, GA Reviewed on 11/5/2011...
i REALLY like this
yeah it;s 'produced' - it's not joan baez
it;s great music
i don;t care HOW they made it
lots of these songs are 'ear worms' - you cannot get them out of your head
and the girls are so cute
their youtubes etc will kill you
not that there are very many
i love girl groups and this stuff is right up there with any of the great stuff from the 60s
it;s rock candy but i can ;t stop playing it!
other people may be more expert on euro versions, new intros, etc, but i don;t care, this is great stuff
i;ve listened to some of their solo efforts
to me riotbecki has the best of that
rosay especially, solo, didn;t do it for me
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Buy the import!!
kevin m antonio | rumford, ri United States | 10/18/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've had the import for almost a year, but I had a gift card and used it to buy the US version; different cover, more RiotBecki pics, and support the group. Threw it in the player and Geez Louise! It's been remixed! And it sounds AWFUL. Everything is so in your face, there's no subtlety at all. The only good thing is I can make out more of the words (but is that what rock and roll is about... annunciation? NO.). Mixer Greg Wells strikes me as the type of person who would fix a Rolex with a hammer. BUY THE IMPORT. The sound is more true to the girl group/Wall of Sound vibe these songs give off. Whatever money you have to pay (and there's some decent prices on amazon Marketplace), is worth it.We Are the Pipettes"
Catchy, sexy, funny, and kind of awesome!
Cale E. Reneau | Conroe, Texas United States | 10/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Unless you've been living under a rock for the last year, you've heard of The Pipettes. In case you haven't though, I'll catch you up. The Pipettes are a neo-girl pop group made up of three British vixens that wear matching polka-dot outfits. They are backed by an all-male band known as The Cassettes and their music has a very heavy 1950s pop feel to it despite lyrics that are made more for a 2007 audience. There's been a lot of hype around this group since their debut album released over a year ago. It's just now making it's way to the US with two bonus tracks, and for those who imported it, it's probably not worth a purchase. For everyone else though, The Pipettes is a band you should know and one worth listening to.
If the whole concept of The Pipettes seems kind of silly and, dare I say, gimmicky, that's because it kind of is. But despite that, the music here is still excellent and fairly infectious. All of the songs have a very sing-along feel to them and it's hard not to fall in love with it. The opening track, "We Are the Pipettes" finds RiotBecky, Gwenno, and Rosay (yes, those are stage names) introducing themselves to the world, declaring "We are The Pipettes and we've got no regrets. If you haven't noticed yet, we're the prettiest girls you've ever met!" This sort of humor is the thread that ties the whole album together. For example, in "Your Kisses are Wasted on Me" the girls take the tried-and-true "boy, I'm too good for you" song and make it worth listening to with a line like "Boy get out of my face! Boy I'm going back there to chase some other guy that I might like." The chorus to the song is downright heartless, but at the same time, pretty humorous.
"ABC," tells the story of a bookworm who's too busy studying that he forgets about romance. The Pipettes sing "He knows about ABC, 123, XYZ, but he don't know about XTC." Get it? Of course you do! "Pull Shapes" is my absolute favorite track on the album and has been since last year's debut. The song is a shameless dance track, complete with skittering violin arpeggios (think 1970s disco music) and the order to "clap your hands if you want some more!" Oh, I do, I really do.
If "Dirty Mind" sounds familiar to you, you might have heard it in an episode of Grey's Anatomy, or you might have heard it in your dreams. Chances are, it was in both. It's a great song, and one of the album's best! "A Winter's Sky" tones down the girl-power for a few minutes and gives us the album's first ballad. The girls harmonize beautifully here, but it's clear that the strength of this group comes more from the upbeat pop songs than songs like this. Still, a semi-ballad like "Tell Me What You Want" works pretty well, and leaves some hope for variety on future Pipettes albums. As for this album's two bonus tracks, they're not really worth a lot of fuss, so if you picked up the UK release of "We Are the Pipettes," don't worry about re-buying.
So sure, The Pipettes are kind of a gimmick, but unlike most gimmicks this group is really talented. RiotBecky, Gwenno, and Rosay have absolutely beautiful voices and they harmonize well together. The Cassettes don't get a lot of attention (they stand behind three women in coordinating outfits, remember?), but their ability to recreate the sounds of 1950s pop-music is unparalleled these days. I'm not entirely convinced that The Pipettes current style of pop music wouldn't wear thin on me by the time a second album rolls around. Gwenno is currently working on a solo album and early tracks hint at an electro-pop album, much like The Postal Service. It might be cool to hear the whole group do something similar and take the Pipettes in an entirely different direction. But for the time being "We Are the Pipettes" is awesome and I couldn't be happier!
Recommended for fans of Camera Obscura and anyone who wanted the 1950s to be a little raunchier.
Key Tracks: 1. "We are the Pipettes" 2. "Pull Shapes" 3. "Dirty Mind" 4. "Your Kisses are Wasted on Me" 5. "Tell Me What You Want"
7 out of 10 Stars"
Remixed & Overproduced. Is It Worth It?
David Powers | New Jersey | 10/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well if you haven't noticed this album is much different sounding than then the (in my humble opinion vastly superior) UK version.
The downsides include:
1.) Distracting additional instruments which is especially found in "Tell Me What You Want" 2.) Different instrumental leads such as the guitar intro drowning out the piano intro in "Dirty Mind." 3.) Some songs like "Pull Shapes" sound chopped up.
On the upside:
1.) "It Hurts To See You Dance So Well" now has the intro they perform live which adds needed immediacy to the song's opener. It sounds so perfect that when I first heard it live it nearly made me cream my jeans. 2.) 2 excellent bonus tracks. "Dance & Boogie," a synth lead pop gem, at first sounded incredibly corny (then again a lot of people who I have played the album for thought they were corny from start to finish). But much like these detractors with continued listens it becomes more infectious and a pleasure to listen to. And "Baby, Just Be Yourself" is a wonderful '50s-esque ballad that again may seem like chump change, but has the ability to grow on you like the most vicious of diseases.
Whether or not this album is for you depends on a few factors. How big a fan you are, would you rather spend the extra $10 for the import, and are the bonus tracks worth it. If I'm missing any criteria than I apologize. But in my opinion though it sounds very overproduced it is 100% worth it for $10 to hear one of the best new bands to come out in the past couple of years.
These ladies' talent is worth every penny. Overproduced or not."
Larry Davis | NYC/Long Island, NY | 10/02/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Hey, I've known about the Pippettes for over a year, and I've had the album in mixed-up form since a friend burned me a 26-track CD of their stuff he found online...the full album, B-sides, demos, live tracks, etc, but I wanted a regular copy for the artwork...I noticed the cover on the newly released US version is quite different, less proper 50s/60s and more B-movie, "Attack Of The 50 Foot Women", which is pretty cool and worth a smile or two. I also noticed 2 bonus tracks, which I think I have on that 26-tracker...oh and the band is great live, with the girls doing cool little routines in their polka-dot dresses, the Cassettes boys backing them up tightly, and the girls taking turns on a second keyboard placed upfront and left.
Now, I popped on the CD and I noticed it doesn't sound like the same versions as the original import, the singles and 26-tracker!!! Sounds like new 2007 rerecordings!!! Not just the tracks with slightly different beats, like on the US album's title track...the boomboom in the middle of the signature keyboard melody line is missing, for instance, but the vocals sound different and new...also my fave, "One Night Stand", is not the same track as the one I loved from the import!! I'm not saying this is bad...the new versions are cool...but I was expecting the import album and US album to be EXACTLY the same...that's why I waited!!! If I had known the album was going to be completely redone for the US market, I would have bought the album a LOOOOOOONG time ago (the reason why I gave this US version 4 stars instead of 5, cuz this was a bit of a letdown)...BUT I have the original versions on the 26-tracker, so I'll just keep both versions, combine them and compare, mix & match...that'll be fun.
The Pippettes rule anyway, I love Gwenno, who was charming and VERY attractive in the flesh...cool about her solo album, I will buy that, cuz Gwenno rocks."
The Pippetes Great Throwback Pop Band
Replacementhead | 05/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I had came across a wonderful video for a song by a relatively unknown British pop group a few months ago on Yahoo. After the song was over I had immeditately proceeded to google the band and find more about them. WhatI found out was the band was called the Pipettes and the song I had heard was It's Not Love But It's Still A Feeling. I went to their website to hear more of their stuff and was absolutely blown away by the sense of retro-style these three girls have in their music. Well that and the emotion present in the songs. This album may not be a musical masterpiece but for a pop album it is a great album. There is not a bad song in bunch. There are even quite a few suprises waiting for the uninitated to the experiece. I hope people find this album because it is just pure joy encoded on the bottom side of plastic."