October 30, 2009
New Albums: Pink Martini and Tegan & Sara
Pink Martini – Splendor in the Grass
I don’t know about you, but I happen to love Pink Martini. (My favorite is “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love,” in case you were interested.) They are so incredibly diverse in their sounds, styles, and languages—I don’t think you could throw any type of lounge/jazz music at them that they couldn’t execute perfectly.
Splendor in the Grass is no less impressive. Pink Martini combines French, Latin, and classical sounds with their own jazz spin to every song. My favorite off the album is “Ou est ma tete?” What? I like French.
There are 14 new songs on the album, and each one is more fun than the next. That’s not to say that the first song on the album, “Ninna nanna” isn’t fun. How can you go wrong with a title like that? I just mean that there’s something new in every song. Actually, you come full circle by the end because the last song is the reprise of “Ninna nanna.” So, there you go. You get great relaxing music, ballads, foreign languages, smooth vocals, and actual instrumental music (no autotune here!). What more could you ask for?
Check out Splendor in the Grass! I promise, even if you just listen to iTunes or Amazon 30-second previews (though I recommend listening to the entirety of each song), you won’t be disappointed.
Tegan & Sara – Sainthood
Tegan and Sara are a Canadian indie pop duo who happen to be identical twins. Tegan and Sara Quin were born in 1980 and have been in the music scene since 1995. Sainthood is their 6th studio album, featuring 13 new tracks.
The first single off the album, “Hell,” is very pop-sounding, but I really like it! It sounds upbeat even though the lyrics might not be. Maybe it’s their voices that make their songs sound upbeat…they are very high. Not bad, just high-pitched.
Tegan and Sara’s music has evolved with themselves—it has grown up along with them. When their first album, Under Feet Like Ours, was released, or even up until their 2007 album, The Con, and subsequent songs (such as “Back In Your Head”) came out, their music was young and juvenile. They were just teenagers at that point, so the music fit. Now their sound is more mature and seems to be making a great transition. Check out Sainthood today!
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