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Bitter:SweetAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Quango
  • ASIN: B0017R1E5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro Dramatico
2. Get What I Want
3. Come Along With Me
4. The Bomb
5. Drama
6. Waking Up
7. A Moment
8. Sugar Mama
9. Trouble
10. Love Revolution
11. Neurosis
12. Drink You Sober
13. Everything

Editorial Reviews

Two years after their intoxicating debut, Bitter:Sweet returns with their much anticipated 2008 sophomore release, Drama. Aptly titled, the album takes the listener through a range of heightened emotions and sounds. The meticulous production, impeccable songwriting, and sensual vocals are present as ever on an album that polishes the signature style introduced by The Mating Game. Backed with full string ensembles and horn sections Drama embraces a more organic sound that moves Bitter:Sweet confidently into the pop realm. Equal parts flirtatious numbers, and achingly beautiful songs; Drama is playful, moving, and sure to become a classic. Quango.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More upbeat than their previous album. August 14, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The songs on this album tend to be fun and playful whereas the songs on The Mating Game tend to be considerably deeper. There are a lot of feel-good songs here, where The Mating Game was a lot heavier on torch songs. There are also some unabashedly sexy songs on this album--Get What I Want, Drink You Sober, and (in the online extras) Trois--while there were none on The Mating Game.

The flip side of that is that none of the songs on Drama reach much emotional depth. "A Moment" has the most emotional depth of the lot, and it's still a "feel-good" song. "Everything" is sentimental but there's a difference between sentiment and emotion, and it's another "feel-good" song too. "Drama" and "Waking Up" are the only torch songs here, and neither one is a patch on Bitter:Sweet's work on The Mating Game.

Speaking of which, "Trouble" is a fun little song unless you're familiar with "Dirty Laundry" from The Mating Game, which covered the same territory about five times better. It's not that "Trouble" is bad because it's not, it's that "Dirty Laundry" is outstanding.

Shana's also reined in some of the wild poesy that marked her lyrics in The Mating Game, lyrics that were sometimes amazing and sometimes inscrutable. One thing that hasn't changed is that you can still do an easy drinking game: whenever she sings "drink", take one.

Don't get me wrong, I love the album (see the 5 stars I rated it?). But the musical choices are decidedly different: light, bouncy, playful, and sexy. Drama is certainly not The Mating Game II.

One other difference: this album comes with a lyric sheet for all of the songs except "Trouble". I love Shana's voice, but she favors interpretation over enunciation, and when combined with occasional odd choices of lyrics, frequent unexpected changes of cadence, and her whistled sibilants, it can be difficult to understand what she's singing at times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars liked the first one better.... January 22, 2010
By Sophie
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if i would have heard this album on its own, it would have gotten 5 stars from me. but, because i find i like the darker, more "bitter" side of their album "the mating game", this one seems a little too up-beat for me. still, it's great lounge music with beautiful, fun vocals and instrumentation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply awesome! July 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This album (along with the first release by Bitter:Sweet "The Mating Game") make me want to host a dinner party complete with candles & martinis! I cannot get enough of this album -- it has been in non-stop play since we purchased it! If you liked the first album, you will enjoy this one, too. It's the perfect mix of lounge meets electronica with the track "Trouble" being a James Bond-esque favorite!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique music for the mature ear June 2, 2009
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This album by the duo Bitter:Sweet (Shana Halligan and Kiran Shahani) and is a unique blend of jazz, rock, electronic and smooth music. It refines the sound made in their initial album The Mating Game. Shana Halligan has a smooth and sensuous voice and there is an obvious influence from "The Supreme Beings of Leisure" sound which Kiran Shahani founded with Rick Torres.

The music is very melodic and has some very memorable melodies which includes the title track. A thoroughly likable album that I purchased on iTunes first but then felt the need to get the fidelity of the CD so that I could get more enjoyment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid second release August 11, 2008
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The first album drew me in because of a certain likeness to Supreme Beings of Leisure, but this one is more uniquely lounge sound. "The Bomb" is absolutely impossible to drive from your head.

This album is a lot more diverse and varied, which keeps you interested start to finish. One minor complaint is the singer's need to lisp her s'es seemingly on purpose. "Sugar Mama" also sounds embarrassingly like "Don't Worry, Be Happy."

But if you can get past the emulative flaws, you'll certainly enjoy the album while driving or chilling at home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama Queen July 21, 2008
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Bitter:Sweet's "Drama" is a glorious electric ode to '50s era lounge music. Bitter:Sweet first made their mark when their "Dirty Laundry" was used as a promo for Ugly Betty&Grey's Anatomy. "Drama" is a worthy follow-up to "The Mating Game." it's at once jazzy,stylish,and kitschy. "Drama" is a cocktail lounge of intoxicating music.

Shana Halligan&Kiran Shahani,who found each other over the Internet,are an electrifying pairing. The joyous "Get what I want" was recently used on NBC's "Sex and the City" spin-off "Lipstick Jungle." "The Bomb" has Shana purring sexily. "Drama" and "Everything" are more thoughtful,reflective,indeed,bittersweet. "Waking Up" is trance-y trip-hop. "Sugar Mama" is a comical song,with whistling that makes it bear an uncanny resemblance to the Ratatouille theme. "Trouble" sounds like it came straight out of a James Bond flick. "Neurosis" is a whimsical ode to smelling the roses. "Drink you sober" is a tongue in-cheek sultry song.

Bitter:Sweet is worthy of being grouped with other lounge greats such as Portland,Oregon's own Pink Martini and the Teutonic Senor Coconut. "Drama" is bittersweet like a Lemon Drop,as sophisticated as a Manhattan,and as comical as a Fuzzy Navel. Drink it down!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful June 18, 2008
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I'm loving this movement for actual orchestral instrumentation that's been popping up here and there. Most obviously you seen in the wave of neo-soul singers with their peppy backing bands. Here, Bitter:Sweet utilizes samples of real instrumentation to create a very refreshing electro-pop. Hard to describe, but the word "swanky" certainly fits it. This is the futuristic cosmopolitan jazz/lounge music promised to people back in the late forties to early sixties, or at least what they would have made. That's pretty much the sound I get from it. Quite a tasty drink, deep with sweeping strings and percussion. Dancible in the old fashioned way despite being slick and modern.

Tracks like " The Bomb" are magnificent. I had heard it on the radio and went nuts over it. The smart part about it is that listening to the lyrics, it's bitingly political but presents it in such a manner seemingly opposite than serious. Incredibly manic with the lead singer's vocal 1950's sex kitten "Ooh! Ooh!"'s. The rest of the album is a bit less manic, probably it's only disappointment, but the atmosphere of subdued space jazz is ear candy nonetheless. Play this at a party and people will most certainly ask who it is. I'm only eighteen and I dig this stuff, so it's not just for adults.
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I always wait a long time before reviewing new music (that is, music that is new to me), because I want to see how long it will take before I tire of it and no longer listen to it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Guillaume Slama
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd
ok so when I have this playing (on the most popular song) in my car as I do many of my cd's I hit replay all the way home .......because I can BIG GRIN
Published 15 months ago by ladybug
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This is such a nice CD - I am enjoying this cd so much! I received this product and it was exactly as described & I would purchase from this seller again.
Published on May 20, 2012 by HappyDonita
3.0 out of 5 stars Different and Interesting
Had a friend's daughter not used a tune by Bitter:Sweet as bumper music for her website, I might never have heard of them. Read more
Published on October 31, 2011 by Kurt Harding
5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown, underrated, buy this!!
I don't know many people who have even heard of Bitter:Sweet. What a mistake! Every beat will stick in your head, and the lyrics are amazing! Read more
Published on July 14, 2010 by TripHopLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that envelopes you!
Her soft, sexy voice keeps you interested while the music lifts you to another plane. These are songs that tell stories that you want to be a part of. Highly recommended!
Published on April 14, 2009 by Bruce Wallace
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I love the songs, its very "im in the mood for cafe music" type of songs.
Published on January 28, 2009 by Rips
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