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“Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure … if the United
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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • ASIN: B000NVIGI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everywhere
2. Tempo Perdido
3. Mar Desconocido (Uncharted Sea)
4. Taya Tan
5. City Of Night
6. Ojala
7. Bukra Wba'Do (Tomorrow And the Day After)
8. Cante E Dance
9. Hey Eugene
10. Syracuse
11. Dosvedanya Mio Bombino (Farewell To My Bumblebee)
12. Tea For Two

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"This ensemble from Portland, Oregon, wowed the fabulous on the Cannes party circuit ... but that accomplishment hardly addresses the beautiful and sophisticated music of Pink Martini ... breathtaking." -- THE NEW YORKER

"No matter how Pink Martini gets described, there's always an element being overlooked, a reliance on phrases such as lounge, cosmopolitan rumba, or neo-classical that only tells part of this rich story. Impressive at every musician's station, this ensemble produces music that's charming and elegant." -- VARIETY

Pink Martini--the genre-bending, best-selling, supremely talented, and raucously fun twelve-piece ensemble that the New Yorker calls simply "beautiful," sophisticated," and "breathtaking"--returns with Hey Eugene! a twelve-track sonic journey anchored by deft songwriting and a no-holds-barred dose of cabaret showmanship. "We're kind of like musical archaeologists, bringing melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world together to create something that is modern," explains bandleader, artistic director, and founder Thomas Lauderdale.

Delivered with sultry grace by lead singer China Forbes, Hey Eugene! shines throughout--from the golden-era Hollywood melody of "Everywhere" to the French cabaret of "Ojala." Other collaborations anchor the set as well: the pan-world "Dosvedanya, Mio Bombino" with its Latin-meets-Russian beat and globetrotting subject matter, plus the Forbes-Lauderdale-penned sexy sway of "City of Night." Peruvian percussionist Martin Zarzar debuts the romantically complex "Mar Desconocido" and bassist Phil Baker adds the quiet beauty of "Cante e Dance." The group also mines the past for hidden gems, including the Japanese-language track "Taya Tan" and their first-ever recording in Arabic, "Bukra wba'do." Meanwhile, clever lyricism leads to an empowering dose of pop perfection on the title track by Forbes (about a boy she met at a party who asked for her number and never called). Finally, jazz legend Jimmy Scott makes a stunning vocal guest appearance in a duet with Forbes on the closing song "Tea for Two."

With Hey Eugene! Pink Martini has returned with an exhilarating album full of uncompromising musicianship, hope, beauty, and joy!

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After a seven-year gap between their first and second albums, Pink Martini have brought forth their third long-player just over two and a half years later. Based in Portland, Oregon, this dazzling 12-piece ensemble are led by pianist Thomas Lauderdale and fronted by vocalist China Forbes. Their rich musical journeys carry listeners everywhere from a ballroom in Havana to a cabaret in Paris. This set even includes a number in Japanese and another in Arabic. With their strings, horns, and sultry rhythms, Pink Martini find the common denominators in these musics from around the globe. Hey Eugene! is perfectly bookended with a pair of decidedly American numbers: their original "Everywhere" evokes musicals from Hollywood's golden era, while "Tea for Two" finds guest duet partner Jimmy Scott adding his emotionally riveting singing. While Lauderdale and his cohorts draw from past times and styles, they never come off as museum curators; rather, they celebrate the vibrancy that makes music timeless. --David Greenberger

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Great job Pink Martini....Every album just gets better and better.
Gasman
You'll wait with eager anticipation for the next song to start knowing it will be just as good as the one you just finished getting lost in.
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I love playing it at my dinner parties with friends and/or family.
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98 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Exguyparis on May 15, 2007
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With their third album, Pink Martini continues their magical multicultural musical tour. Unlike the first two albums, which began with a Latin-flavored number, "Hey Eugene" begins with "Everywhere," an original song which evokes 1920's musical theater, or a film musical from the 30's or 40's. Harps, strings, and trombone accompany lead singer China Forbes' romantic delivery... very sweet and nostalgic.

It doesn't take long for the Latin theme to surface, however! "Tempo Perdoto," a samba written by Brazilian composer Ataulpho Alves, features peppy brass and a high school gospel choir. It will put you in a Carnival mood (and move).

"Mar Desconocido (uncharted sea)" is by Martin Zarzar, one of the percussionists in Pink Martini, with a sample of Chopin's Waltz in C Minor woven in. Someone in the group must love Frederic Chopin, as this is the second time one of his melodies artfully surfaces in a Pink Martini song. "Taya Tan" takes us back to Japan, a land Pink Martini first explored on their second album, "Hang on Little Tomato." Singing in Japanese, China Forbes delivers a pleasing, mellow blend of pop and mystery. The sparse accompaniment is seductive and soothing.

"City of Night", a romantic, Spanish-sounding number written by China Forbes and group founder Thomas Lauderdale, highlights the guitar skills of Dan Faehnle, Robert Taylor's horn talents, and Lauderdale's keyboard prowess. Next, "Olaja" provides a paradox of mood and message. If you don't listen to the words (which is relatively easy as the song is sung in French), it sounds like a light, frivolous number.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David J. Robertson on July 25, 2007
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I have been a big fan of Pink Martini since I heard them first on NPR and bought their first album. I loved their second album, too; these two albums are among my listening favorites. When I attened a live Pink Martini concert in July, 2007, I really looked forward to hearing new songs from "Hey Eugene." The concert was great, but the new songs didn't seem to match the quality and intensity of the music from the previous two albums. There's nothing new in "Hey Eugene," and some of the music is actually trite (especially the title song). The best song on the album is the Portugese song "Sing and Dance"--it matches the best of the former two collections. "Hey Eugene" is not a bad album, it's just a disappointing follow up.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By RP on May 20, 2007
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Elegant. Enchanting. Seductive. Timeless. Simply beautiful.

Hey Eugene! is one of those rare CDs that, upon first listen, I sat in front of the stereo speakers, jaw agape in amazement, relishing every note from start to finish. Pink Martini's superb musicianship, complex song composition, and mesmerizing lyrics result in an album so stunningly beautiful that this will undoubtedly be one of my favorite CDs for years, if not decades, to come.

The lyrics are dreamy and romantic (in a Joni Mitchell kind of way), occasionally sorrowful, occasionally playful, and always smart. I appreciate the CD booklet's English translation of the foreign language songs (7 out of 12 tracks), so you know what they're singing about. I highly recommend reading the lyrics while listening the first time around, for full effect.

My only qualm is that the CD is only 45 minutes long (shorter than their previous two CDs). Given the extended time periods between albums, I wish they'd added a few extra tracks (perhaps a live track?).

Overall, a stellar release.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Armeson on September 13, 2007
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There are a few good tunes in "Hey Eugene". But for the most part, I can't recommend it. China Forbes and bandleader Thomas Lauderdale do their best to keep the boat afloat with their cozy blend of pop cabaret, jazz, and latin-tinged tunes. You could do a whole lot worse than "Hey Eugene". If you want your senses dazzled buy Sympathique. It's marvelous!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steven Guy on June 2, 2007
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... which I guess you should be proud of.

I must say that I wasn't quite sure what to make of this album when I first heard it. It is kind of like Doris Day mixed up with World Music. No, I am not kidding. I guess one could describe it as modern Lounge Music with an eye on international styles (China Forbes sings in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Japanese).

Pink Martini describe themselves as "a mini orchestra" and that is what they are. The have a string section and a number of other instruments. China Forbes, the lovely lady in the dunny on the front cover, sings with a lovely clean, clear and appealing voice. She would have done well in the 1950s!

If you have the other Pink Martini albums (I do), and enjoy them (I do), then you should drop everything and run out and buy "Hey Eugene!' The whole thing is a wonderful diversion and full of stylish musical tomfoolery - as usual.

Recommended!

Cool cover, too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jay Dickson VINE VOICE on June 13, 2007
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Pink Martini's previous album, the long awaited HANG ON, LITTLE TOMATO, was as musically accomplished as their first (SYMPATHIQUE), but seemed in some ways a bit of a step backwards. While their fascination with dreamy first love and a romantic touristic worldview seemed delightful when the band were in their twenties, it seemed a bit forced for the band members to be indulging in the same naïveté in their mid-thirties. Now two years later with HEY EUGENE! the band seems to have grown up quite a bit. Their music is as lush and sophisticated as ever, and the orchestrations as dazzlingly perfect; but their songs are less about a nostalgia for childhood fantasies of what it would be like to be a grown-up and more genuine and heartfelt. The very funny and catchy title tune perfectly captures this sense that the band members can now see romantic fantasies can lead as easily to disappointment as anything else. It's rewarding to see their lyrics and overall approach become as sophisticated as their technical accomplishments.
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