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Cannibal Courtship

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2011 album from one of the most unique bands performing today. Dengue Fever, with their exotic blend of Cambodian Rock, Afro grooves, Surf and Garage Psych, returns with Cannibal Courtship, the group's first studio album since 2008's Venus on Earth.
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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B004KU2DVU
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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DF is a great band. I've actually changed my mind on this album, after initially feeling slightly disappointed. While Cement Slippers and Family Business continue the trend of more indie-rock oriented songs with Zac & Chhom Nimol sharing vocal duties, other songs like Uku hit that transcendent note of swirling Cambodian haze and amazing singing from Chhom.

Their debut was a great collection of mostly Cambodian cover songs, sang in Khmer. Their 2nd album is one of my favorites of the last decade, the brilliant Escape From Dragon House. But with their 3rd, Venus On Earth, they seemed to fall off a cliff, unsure of where to go. It contained too many generic indie-style songs in English with really banal, bad lyrics and too much singing from Zac H, instead of the beautiful voice of Chhom Nimol.

This album is much better than Venus on Earth. The production is crisper and the sound is very similar to Dragon House. The only real bum note is the lame indie pop song "2012." Totally banal lyrics with mostly just Zac singing.

If you haven't seen them live, definitely do. They are great.

If you don't have "Escape From Dragon House" - get it NOW. Then get their self-titled and Cannibal Courtship.
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Dengue Fever is an infectiously great LA band. Their sound is reminiscent of Dick Dale's surf guitar, '60s psychedelia, James Bond soundtracks, and Cambodian pop. The opening "Cannibal Courtship" is '60s trippiness;the lyrics of "Cement Slippers" are so funny that I was laughing at first hearing. "My girlfriend loves the beach except for the water, the sun, and the sand." "Uku" has a hypnotic Eastern sound. The electric guitar riffs are worthy of the Psychedelic Shaman, Jimi Hendrix (Are You Experienced CD/DVD) "Family Business" has clever lyrics. This is Dengue Fever's first all-English album (it wouldn't hurt to go back to using some Khmer-they are unique!) "2012 (Bury Our Heads)" evokes the cinematic Armageddon of 2012) and the prophecy of Emergence 2012. As great as the Britney Spears/Ke$ha collaboration is, this song is greater. "Kiss of the Bufo Alvarius" is a Kiss of the Spider Woman (Two-Disc Collector's Edition). A psychedelic instrumental. "Thank You Goodbye" is bittersweet, deftly blending English, French, and Khmer. After all, Cambodia was French Indochina. "Durian Dowry" and "Sister in the Radio" are more melancholy. "Sister in the Radio" hints to the terrible reign of the Khmer Rouge. "Durian Dowry" hopes for love in the afterlife.

Dengue Fever is still going strong.
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Of all the CDs and digital albums I bought last year, Dengue Fever's "Cannibal Courtship" turned out to be my favorite and most played album of 2011. I just love the album - to me every song is a winner despite the English lyrics and all that. Surely Chomm Nimol is great when singing in her native Khmer language, but I think the band had a different goal in mind when they released this... they wanted to be more mainstream. Who can blame them?

Music is a business and this album is an attempt for the band to bridge the gap between their loyal following an cultivating a new audience.

Surely some songs while they could be obvious hit singles, were kind of a miss, but then that is the nature of the business.

Still Dengue Fever has a large following and have embarked on several tours this past year to support "Cannibal Courtship".

My favorite tracks are "Cement Slippers," "Mr. Bubbles", "Thank You Goodbye", "Family Business" and "Uku". Fact is "Uku" is my favorite song on the album.

Don't get me wrong about this... I also own the 3 previous album releases and love them dearly too.

"Cannibal Courtship" just went in another direction and I don't think it's bad at all. Highly recommended.
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This Los Angeles combo continues to make some of the most unexpected music of the decade. Formed in 2001, Dengue Fever grew out of organist Ethan Holtzman's interest in 1960s Cambodian rock. Originally setting out to cover the obscurities he'd collected on record, the addition of Cambodian vocalist Chhom Nimol gave the band an elevated sense of authenticity and set them evolving into something more original. Nimol originally stuck to singing in her native Khmer, but here she takes the step to switch between Khmer and English as the each song demands. The music remains anchored to the mix of psych, jazz, pop, garage, exotica and Indian flavors that came together in 1960s Cambodian popular music, and the seamlessness with which it all fits together continues to amaze.

The album opens on a cool note with "Cannibal Courtship." The guitar and electric piano initially riff quietly behind Nimol's cooing, but a bouncy, wordless chorus ramps up the volume and tension as the vocal gains passion and the music explodes into a buzzing, electric backdrop. The group overlays deep bass lines with hard fuzz guitar, free saxophone solos, and group vocals that recall the Jefferson Airplane's ballroom days. Nimol snakes her vocal around the guitar and bass riffs of "Uku," with finger cymbals and a flute solo adding a period feel. The group edges into the mood of spy jazz with "Sister in the Radio" and late '50s exotica with "Kiss of the Bufo Alvarius," leaving the listener to wonder not just what they're listening to, but even more beguilingly, when. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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