Betcha Bottom Dollar Import
Inspired by the OscarÂ®-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville (a French animated movie which features a `40s-style harmony group), The Puppini Sisters -- Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins, and Stephanie O'Brien -- formed in London. Dressed in 1940's-style wardrobe, the three sing like The Andrews Sisters with inspiring harmonies, and perform classics such as "Mr. Sandman," "In The Mood," and "Jeepers Creepers." But what make The Puppini Sisters truly stand out are their show-stopping interpretations of more current tunes.
From the first strains of the opening track, "Sisters," it's clear that Betcha Bottom Dollar is not a typical debut album. But then the Puppini Sisters are not a typical pop act, at least not in the 21st century. Their close, three-part harmonies are reminiscent of the vocal groups of the 1930s and 1940s, and particularly the Andrews Sisters. But rather than sounding like an anachronism, the Puppini Sisters merely demonstrate the timelessness of some of these songs. Betcha Bottom Dollar is fresh, fun and vibrant, blowing the dust off of cobwebby classics like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Mr. Sandman". Elsewhere, they also put their own unique stamp on more recent hits, with varying results. While Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" fail to get things swinging, Blondie's "Heart of Glass" and the Smiths' "Panic" are both injected with a fresh new (old?) sound. Much credit must also be given to producer Benoit Charest, who manages to employ a whole host of instrumentation and orchestration, whilst never forgetting to put the voices of the Puppini Sisters front and centre. It might be easy to dismiss the Puppini Sisters' debut as another novelty album, but their intentions and love for the style--like their voices themselves--are crystal clear. --Robert Burrow
What makes this CD so appealing in this day and age is that they also take songs from other time periods and give them a new twist...or an old one as it is! Listen to how cleverly they recorded Blondie's Heart Of Glass and Gloria Gaynor's anthem I Will Survive. You never heard them like this...and how refreshing! I am also impressed with other selections like the reworking of The Smiths Panic and Kate Bush Wuthering Heights which were big UK hits.
Also included is Sway which has made a comeback via Michael Buble and Tu Voi Fa L'Americano made famous in The Talented Mr Ripley movie. There is also a fabulous version of Mr. Sandman which was recorded by The Chordettes, McGuire Sisters and Emylou Harris. Last but not least is the perfect song to open this set, Sisters, which was recently covered by Bette Midler & Linda Ronstadt on Bette's Rosemary Clooney tribute.
These girls are awesome and it will be a pleasure to watch them blossom into and awesome vocal trio. They are currently working on a second CD with all of the above and some originals. Can't wait...til then enjoy
It brings back a bit of the past, but something we definitely need in this day and age. Mixing the old songs with newer songs done in the old fashioned way makes a great way to show off the girls' talents. The harmonies are brilliant. I'm sure the Andrews Sisters are smiling down from where they are. The best thing is "you understand all the words". Compared to a lot of the garbage that comes out these days, there is something to be said for absolute quality. This is it. Wunderbar!!
Some of the songs are, naturally better known than others, but all were standards way back when. "Mr. Sandman", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", and "In the Mood" are gold standard. The girls do their own thing on Rosemary Clooney's "Sisters", and it's great. Bette Midler and Linda Ronstadt copied the Clooney version, but here, it's all new.
Great music, pleasantly done, excellent recorded sound. Sexy album picture, too, but maybe you have to be past a certain age to find it so. You'll like this one...