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2011 album from one of the most unique bands performing today. Dengue Fever, with their exotic blend of Cambodian Rock, Afro grooves, Surf and Garage Psych, returns with Cannibal Courtship, the group's first studio album since 2008's Venus on Earth.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B004KU2DVU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D.M. Cross on May 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
DF is a great band. I've actually changed my mind on this album, after initially feeling slightly disappointed. While Cement Slippers and Family Business continue the trend of more indie-rock oriented songs with Zac & Chhom Nimol sharing vocal duties, other songs like Uku hit that transcendent note of swirling Cambodian haze and amazing singing from Chhom.

Their debut was a great collection of mostly Cambodian cover songs, sang in Khmer. Their 2nd album is one of my favorites of the last decade, the brilliant Escape From Dragon House. But with their 3rd, Venus On Earth, they seemed to fall off a cliff, unsure of where to go. It contained too many generic indie-style songs in English with really banal, bad lyrics and too much singing from Zac H, instead of the beautiful voice of Chhom Nimol.

This album is much better than Venus on Earth. The production is crisper and the sound is very similar to Dragon House. The only real bum note is the lame indie pop song "2012." Totally banal lyrics with mostly just Zac singing.

If you haven't seen them live, definitely do. They are great.

If you don't have "Escape From Dragon House" - get it NOW. Then get their self-titled and Cannibal Courtship.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 22, 2011
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This Los Angeles combo continues to make some of the most unexpected music of the decade. Formed in 2001, Dengue Fever grew out of organist Ethan Holtzman's interest in 1960s Cambodian rock. Originally setting out to cover the obscurities he'd collected on record, the addition of Cambodian vocalist Chhom Nimol gave the band an elevated sense of authenticity and set them evolving into something more original. Nimol originally stuck to singing in her native Khmer, but here she takes the step to switch between Khmer and English as the each song demands. The music remains anchored to the mix of psych, jazz, pop, garage, exotica and Indian flavors that came together in 1960s Cambodian popular music, and the seamlessness with which it all fits together continues to amaze.

The album opens on a cool note with "Cannibal Courtship." The guitar and electric piano initially riff quietly behind Nimol's cooing, but a bouncy, wordless chorus ramps up the volume and tension as the vocal gains passion and the music explodes into a buzzing, electric backdrop. The group overlays deep bass lines with hard fuzz guitar, free saxophone solos, and group vocals that recall the Jefferson Airplane's ballroom days. Nimol snakes her vocal around the guitar and bass riffs of "Uku," with finger cymbals and a flute solo adding a period feel. The group edges into the mood of spy jazz with "Sister in the Radio" and late '50s exotica with "Kiss of the Bufo Alvarius," leaving the listener to wonder not just what they're listening to, but even more beguilingly, when. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Webb on October 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I saw DF play live and bought the vinyl version of this album at their show. I have since bought all their albums except the first which is out of print.
I agree this is not their best album but the peaks are so good I am going to give it 5 stars. I do agree with others that Chhom Nimol's voice is the star of the show and some tracks without her singing are forgetable. Uku and a few other songs fully redeem this album and I don't see how anyone could give it only one star.
I mayself am not Cambodian or Asian but I do agree fully that the songs sung in English are less mesmerizing than those sung in Cchom's native tongue. Her voice is hauntingly beautiful but some of the ethereal beauty of the music is lost when sung in English with mundane lyrics.
But there is enouugh good music on this album to make it a hightlight of the year for me.
I will be following the career of DF for sure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amaranth on July 11, 2011
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Dengue Fever is an infectiously great LA band. Their sound is reminiscent of Dick Dale's surf guitar, '60s psychedelia, James Bond soundtracks, and Cambodian pop. The opening "Cannibal Courtship" is '60s trippiness;the lyrics of "Cement Slippers" are so funny that I was laughing at first hearing. "My girlfriend loves the beach except for the water, the sun, and the sand." "Uku" has a hypnotic Eastern sound. The electric guitar riffs are worthy of the Psychedelic Shaman, Jimi Hendrix (Are You Experienced CD/DVD) "Family Business" has clever lyrics. This is Dengue Fever's first all-English album (it wouldn't hurt to go back to using some Khmer-they are unique!) "2012 (Bury Our Heads)" evokes the cinematic Armageddon of 2012) and the prophecy of Emergence 2012. As great as the Britney Spears/Ke$ha collaboration is, this song is greater. "Kiss of the Bufo Alvarius" is a Kiss of the Spider Woman (Two-Disc Collector's Edition). A psychedelic instrumental. "Thank You Goodbye" is bittersweet, deftly blending English, French, and Khmer. After all, Cambodia was French Indochina. "Durian Dowry" and "Sister in the Radio" are more melancholy. "Sister in the Radio" hints to the terrible reign of the Khmer Rouge. "Durian Dowry" hopes for love in the afterlife.

Dengue Fever is still going strong.
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