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Dave's True Story
Dave's True Story

This rerelease of the self-titled debut CD by the New York duo Dave's True Story (BeBop Records) breathes fresh life into an album that deserves a second look. The 15 tracks on this quirky collection call to mind tinkling martini glasses and dimly lit lounges, and make for perfect background music at your next cocktail mixer.

The CD kicks off with the zippy "Sequined Mermaid Dress", a tongue-in-cheek track featuring Andy Snitzer on tenor sax. On the other end of the spectrum, "Another Hit," third on the disc, has a purely noir feel. One could almost imagine Veronica Lake singing the number in a smoky cabaret, if she ever did such things. "Flexible Man" calls to mind the beatnik coffee houses of the '60s, whereas "Crazy Eyes" is a kicky Latin-tinged number that makes you want to shake your maracas.


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Sequined Mermaid Dress
Can't Get you Out Of My System
Another Hit
Crazy Eyes

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The album has a laid back lounge feel overall, although "Marisa" is more folksy and raw, and "Like a Rock" exudes a kind of breathless sexual urgency. The two covers include "Fever", on which vocalist Kelly Flint practically channels Peggy Lee, and Rogers & Hart's plaintiff "Blue Moon." Kelly Flint's alternately sultry and flirty vocals are perfectly suited to the material throughout, and she literally seems to merge with the music. Songwriter Dave Cantor knows how to strike just the right retro vibe, and his subtle jazz guitar never overpowers the poetic emphasis of his compositions.

The new release features four bonus tracks, including the aforementioned covers and a 2002 remix of "Crazy Eyes", that make it worth seeking out in lieu of the original. As the latest Austin Powers film brings attention back to the groovy sounds of the '60s, mainstream America may just be ready for the coo-coo tunes by these steady swingers.

—Joanne O'Day

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