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Audio CD, December 9, 2011
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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kook (Broken Silence)
  • ASIN: B005Y85XP0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,494,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About three years after the spontaneous debut "Hello Antenna", the Berlin quartet SUSIE ASADO sets (named after a poem by Gertrude Stein) for the second album. The focus of "Traffic Island" here is singer JOSEPHA CONRAD (ex CRAZY FOR JANE), which also plays guitar and ukulele. In its written in German and English texts, tell stories of cosmopolitan travel, precious buttons, the inner life of a skyscraper and other bizarre notions. Twelve detailed, arranged on lovable kind twisted Folk-Pop songs, which embarrassed by any virtuoso trick instrumentation of TOMI SIMATUPANG (guitar), MARKE HEFELE (violin) and JASON LEVI (percussion) and not least the ukulele very own lend charm.

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Susie Asado has become one of my favorite singer-songwriters. I was given a copy of her first CD, "Hello Antenna," three years ago. The first time I heard it, I didn't like it, but something kept pulling me back. By the third or fourth listening, I was hooked. Her songs are unique. She is a literate and playful poet, in both English and German no less. Her songs remind me variously of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention (especially on her first album), Leonard Cohen on a happy day, of Berlin cabaret of the 1920's. Her songs are quirky, and I keep coming back for more.

On "Traffic Island," she continues in this vein. Many of her songs are personal, dealing with her stagefright, weird dreams, who she'll be when she grows up, imagining a life as a skyscraper, her fear of flying, and the unease she sometimes feels alone at night in her flat, but never taking herself too seriously. She is backed up by a small band of excellent musicians. For me, the feeling of this CD can be summed up by a line from one of her songs, "I'm going home to put on my pajamas and dance."

A couple of the songs are in German. I wish that an English translation had been included with the liner notes (are they still called that?), but I'll give some translation software a workout one of these days. Meanwhile, I will keep returning to pick up nuances that I missed on the first listenings.
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