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The Joy of Sing-Sing Import

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Audio CD, Import, September 1, 2001
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1. Everything
2. Tegan
3. Ill Be
4. Me And My Friend
5. Far Away From Love
6. Panda Eyes
7. Command
8. Feels Like Summer
9. Emigre
10. You Dont Know
11. Underage
12. I Can See You

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Poptones
  • ASIN: B00005O7PX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,460 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DJ Primate on June 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I call it the "Wings effect," after Paul McCartney's exceptionally unexceptional post-Beatles outfit: the tendency of spin-off bands to be drastically inferior to the great bands that spawned them.
In any case, I had been wondering what the surviving members of Lush were up to since they amicably disbanded following drummer Chris Acland's tragic suicide (which led me to wonder about Split's darkly hypnotic "Undertow" ever since). Then lo and behold, I saw a poster for an upcoming concert by Sing-Sing, featuring Emma Anderson of Lush. Would Sing-Sing fall prey to the dreaded disease? Soon after popping The Joy of Sing-Sing in the disk drive, any such notion disappeared into a cloud of heavenly dream-pop bliss.
Expertly produced by Mark Van Hoen, this album features consistently first-rate songwriting by Emma and singer Lisa O'Neill. The music is ultra-melodic, atmospheric, bright, and multi-faceted: with a swirling mix of musical influences, leaning toward dream-pop, with elements of electronica, 60s pop and lounge music, 80s synth-pop, psychedelia, and even a bit of progressive rock in the mix. Some might find the girlish vocals a bit too cute, but I think they complement the music just fine. Each song has a very distinct sound, and there's not a throwaway among the lot.
One standout track, the driving & catchy "Tegan" - which, according to what I've read, means "beautiful little thing" in Cornish - is quite beautiful, with a driving rhythm that really moves it along. It would be a perfect radio-friendly pop song, except for the ripsaw backwards guitar solo that would fit right in one of Lush's edgier pieces.
Interesting twists and turns abound, e.g.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Smith on April 15, 2003
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Sing-Sing is a partnership between Emma Anderson from Lush and Lisa
O'Neill, who's vocals are reminiscent of Toni Halliday from Curve. I
never much cared for Curve (but I *loved* Lush), so I had a bit of a
chip on my shoulder when I bought this CD.

Bottom line is - the partnership works. Emma shows the spark that
gave Lush it's one-of-a-kind sound and there are two songs on this CD,
namely "Tegan" and "I Can See You" which stake out some really new
sonic territory just like Lush did (note that I did not say they sound
like Lush - they are more in an Industrial mode, you really have to
hear them to understand).

The remainder of the CD has a few good tracks, some of which will
remind you of early 90's shoegazing and others like "Panda Eyes" are a
shot of pure 80's synthpop nostalgia. Hope you get the point, this CD
is a mixed bag, a bag of tricks for those of you who like this sort of
thing... You know who you are...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Elder on January 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Lush fan for years and dig Emma's voice and sensibilities. This album shows a completely different--and to me, quite superior--side of her songcraft.
Also being fan of the Cocteaus, Cinnamon, Ivy, Cranes, and other groups with sweet-sounding female voices up front, I assumed I'd dig this CD from the start. I was wrong. While I thoroughly enjoyed Lisa O'Neill's voice (breathy, child-like, playful...fun), only one or two of the songs herein grabbed me from the start. I found myself rather disappointed, having expected more in the trip-hoppy sort of vein. Though there were a couple of slow, trip-hoppy numbers, a lot of it was more pop-sounding stuff with drum machines here and there.
After giving it a couple of days, catchy melodies and harmonies slipped through and caught my ear. Before long, I was digging five or six of the songs. I listened on, and before too much time had passed, the WHOLE ALBUM was, if not excellent, pretty damned catchy and sing-along. Each tune differs quite a bit, stylistically and rhythmically, from the next, giving the album a somewhat thrown-together sound. I suppose I was expecting more conformity of style: this initially threw me off, but I climbed back on, slowly, and it was all so very worth it.
The bottom line: This album, while not being brilliant (but how many albums are truly "brilliant"?) is an excellent, fun, happy, bouncy pop disc with lush (not Lush) instrumentation, sweet voices and sentiments, and melodies you'll sing over and over again. Very summery and sunshine filled, and I highly recommend it. For a real treat, listen to it through a good set of headphones--that's when the songs and their layers of instrumentation and vocals REALLY spring to life.
4.25 stars. Well worth the price of admission for sweet tunes that'll roll around in your head and make you smile and sing along for quite some time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Slovacek on April 18, 2002
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It's soft, it's sweet and it soars! Lush in outer space? Emma writes four songs and co writes four others of the twelve tracks on this record. I absolutely adored Lush and after all, Emma really was Lush. "You Don't Know" and "Panda Eyes" are Lush songs... you can almost imagine Miki singing lead on these but Lisa O'Neil sounds like an angel. On some songs, she even reminds me of Kate Bush. Quite a compliment, huh?
On many of the songs, the trade mark "Lush" harmonies are there. Emma is brilliant at writing songs with catchy hooks and melodies... once you listen, I dare you to try to get these songs out of your head.
This record feels like summer... and it's wonderful.
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