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  • Audio CD (August 14, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Hidden Agenda
  • ASIN: B00004UDCU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Unsound
2. Satisfied
3. Private Suit
4. Mariachi Souls
5. ReCall
6. Auf Wiedersehen
7. Sower & Seeds
8. White Tales
9. John Darmy
10. My Fallen Words
11. Healer

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Slightly softer, more melodic, and definitely hypnotic.
Shannon
Great care has been made to end powerfully whether it be the individual songs or the album as a whole.
Mr. R. Sullivan
All in all, it's there best cd yet, if you give it a few listens to grow on you.
Adam C. Weaver

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Sullivan on December 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It would be both simplistic and short-sighted to say that something happened between Dust Bunnies and Private Suit, but the following is still the case: whereas the former - to a certain degree - returned the Betties to the uptempo bubblegum and power pop of their debut days, the latter sees the Dutch band in a far more thoughtful and melancholy state. By its very title Dust Bunnies seems to trumpet itself as a wonderfully frivolous album, the cover art all sunny and pooch friendly, with the gay abandon of a naked female thrown in just for the sheer laughs. The cute dog on Palomine had a similar effect. In contrast, the woman that graces the cover of this latest release is caught in a private moment, she doesn't know she is being watched, and the onlooker's very morals are being challenged. Whereas Palomine and Dust Bunnies were, to varying degrees, somewhat lighter albums, Private Suit reveals a real depth to an altogether excellent band.
Bettie Serveert have always been a gloriously ramshackle troupe, tinny and box heavy, hailing back to the workman-like ethic of band members carrying their own gear, setting themselves up on a dingy stage - the Ahoy! Or the Paradiso - with naked bulbs for lighting, and then hammering out a frenzied twenty-minute set. It cannot be any other way with an ensemble containing the double whammy of Peter Visser and Carol Van Dyk. However tight and rhythmic the pounding drum and bass engine may be, eventually the jagged wail of Visser's guitar will cut it's way through. However dark and brooding the production may get, there is still the point where Carol's perfectly flawed voice comes shimmering into the mix like crushed diamonds. John Parish has done fine things with this album. It is rich and passionate and haunting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Merrill TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The tune "Tom Boy" from Bettie Serveert's breakthrough album Palomine in 1992 was one of my favorite songs of that year. A triumphant rock anthem that deserved to be more widely heard, "Tom Boy" got me doing the air guitar thing every time I heard it. Eight years later and the band has changed drummers, but their sound is still unique and worth hearing. Over the intervening 3 or 4 records, they've evolved -- the songs on Private Suit offer more complexity and sophistication than Palomine's relatively straightforward attack. They're using a broader palette this time around, supplementing the basic rock quartet with strings, organ, an "octopad," and even some Near Eastern sounds. However, the group's strengths are still Carol Van Dyk's vocals - slightly deeper than in '92, but no less bewitching - and Peter Visser's soaring guitars. A mere two minutes into the first cut, "Unsound" and I was captivated by Peter's exceptional guitar playing. The CD's eleven songs range from melodic, folky pop ("White Tales," "My Fallen Words") to exuberant rock ("ReCall"). Not every song is a complete success, but the album holds together well taken as a whole. I'd give it 3-1/2 stars if I could.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Beaudett on February 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This has become one of my favorite CDs. Its never far from my player. The music is varied, mature, deeply personal and moving. The sophistication is remarkable (near the end of the song "Private Suit," for example, the constrast between Carol's reassuring words and the guitar in the background sounding like a heart being torn to pieces is, for want of a better word, art.) I find most of the songs pull me right into new worlds. Fascinating and heady stuff - go get it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WrtnWrd on September 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Dropping the grunge-y accessories for a more streamlined approach on Private Suit, Bettie Serveert releases their best CD since 1995's stellar Lamprey. Carol Van Dyk's warm vocals are like advice from a close old friend - familiar and comforting, but tough when necessary. Song after song asserts itself with level-headed clarity. Here is a woman who, in her own words, knows how she feels even when she goes to extremes, and has the spine to back it up. "What are we looking for," she asks in a love lyric for our time, "when all we really want is each other?" She takes her time answering, from every side, her own question.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "ian_holcomb" on December 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I thought this band had quit. Nice to see they haven't. The album is probably their weakest, seems to have more gaps than the others. Still, plenty of good songs here: the title song is the best. "Unsound", "White Tales", "John Darmy" are good too. The rest of the songs are pretty so-so (still good when compared to most other bands). Carol van Dijk's voice seems a little strained at times. I'm just happy they're still making music; they're one of the best bands around.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Davdi Sutom on October 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Another fine album by the Betties. As always, Carol's voice and lyrics are the centerpiece of their sound, but this album experiments with new instrumentation. To my ears it doesn't really do much for the songs, but it's a nice change from the straightforward guitar rock they usually play. If you're a fan of the band (and you probably are or you wouldn't be reading this!) then naturally you need to get the cd! My only complaint is the awful mixing job. Carol's Voice is almost always this huge presence over a little teeny drum kit in the back, and there are super loud wailing guitar licks all over the place. There's also a weird kind of transparency to the sound that isn't very appealing. This band needs a warm recording for its naturally warm sound, but they didn't get it on this one. Compare it to Dust Bunnies and you'll hear the difference. Sorry to rant... it's still a great album.
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