"I used to be a sweetie/And I barely stayed alive," Candye Kane announces on the opening title track of The Toughest Girl Alive, and if one knows even a bit of her life history, one can easily believe it. Don't let the tough exterior fool you, though--Kane's got a heart of gold, and it comes through on every one of her songs. Extolling the spiritual value of being true to oneself as much as she embraces the pleasures of the flesh, Kane may seem like an odd role model with such songs as "Let's Commit Adultery" and "(Hey, Mister!) She Was My Baby Last Night," but she cheerfully admits that if there's a price, she'll pay it. After all, "Makes no difference to the Lord above/He loves you no matter who you love." With a siren's voice and an aggressively untrendy swing band behind her that's one of the tightest anywhere, Kane has gained a following that's rapidly approaching the outer limits of cult status; there's even a testimony from Penn Jillette included in the liner notes, for heaven's sake. If Kane comes to your town, you must check her out. Introduce yourself, but beware: as Jillette says, "If you get too close to Candye, you're never going to leave. You'll see." What's more, you won't want to. --Genevieve Williams
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1.3.5 には、Marcia Ball のピアノ・バックヴォーカルを務めています。
18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124 には、Larry Taylor (John Mayall & Bluesbreakers, Cannd Heat に在籍した) が参加しています。
Besides that, this cd is a blast! Great getting-ready-to-go music, it's super fun and delightful. If you ever get a chance to see Candye Kane live, do it!
The songs are a few covers, some familiar, but most are familiar chord changes with new lyrics written by herself, sometimes with others. I find the lyrics interesting, creative and funny, albeit more than a bit raunchy. But, hey, she is performing in a blues-y genre. Some of the best lyrics are about:
Survival (Toughest Girl Alive song)
Love (Didn't We)
Sex(Let's Commit Adultery and most of the others)
On balance, this is a good album, worth buying. Ms. Kane has a professional voice. The horn arrangements add to the swing tunes. Some swing that's around today take arrangements from 40 years ago, perform them in a boring manner and then act like it's something new. I'd much rather listen to new lyrics and arrangements.
A real surprise of a CD; I was familiar with Candye from her previous career in the, ahem, adult entertainment industry but had NO idea that behind the big beautiful exterior there was an equally big, beautiful music talent. Anybody who likes swing and blues, a little on the salty side, will dig this immensely. Candye might be the Toughest Girl Alive but I've always had a soft spot for Tough Girls. They've always got more substance than those prefab teen cuties.