have I wanted to learn the lyrics to a song as badly as
when first hearing "Rhode Island is Famous for You",
the opening track on the debut CD by New York's Lascivious
Biddies. The uptempo ditty exemplifies the super-cute
but not-too-sweet sounds of this talented all-girl quartet,
and will have you hankering for more by the second chorus.
rest of the album is a mix of cabaret tunes, torch songs,
and folksy jazz tracksall Biddie originals, save
for two numbers by Django Haskins and three covers at
the end, including slow, brooding versions of "Paper
Moon" and The Go-Go's classic "Head Over Heels."
The originals are truly that arrangements that seem surprisingly
simple in their execution. Singer Leeann Westover and
pianist Deidre Rodman seem to share a particular affection
for spirited senior citizens, as evidenced by Westover's
kicky "Ethel and Esther", the tale of two golden
girls reminiscing about their youth, and "Alice,"
Rodman's ode to a flirty granny who seduces the neighborhood
rare occasions, the foursome becomes overly enamoured
of their own musical prowess, particularly on "The
Idle Boy", which idles on a bit too long. But the
pensive jazz numbers balance out the infectious sing-alongs
very nicely, resulting in an album that is both broad
in scope and well-rounded.
a single song on this eclectic 13-track collection is
what you might expect, and every one will have you pricking
up your ears. The harmonies will send chills down your
spine, and the Biddies' smiling faces on the back cover
will make your heart pitter-pat. If you are not sworn
to "The Anthem" by the end of this album, alas,
dear friend, you are beyond salvation.
the band online at www.biddies4ever.com