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Enchanted

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"...provides a perfect sort of escapism for crazed city folk." -- Time Out New York

"...provides a perfect sort of escapism for crazed city folk." -- Time Out New York

"Sweet, sad, and more than a bit surreal...a sound you haven't heard before" -- The Village Voice

"Sweet, sad, and more than a bit surreal...a sound you haven't heard before" -- The Village Voice

"Take your grandmother or your sweetheart; either will leave humming." -- The New Yorker, January 13, 2003

"Take your grandmother or your sweetheart; either will leave humming." -- The New Yorker

About the Artist

THE MOONLIGHTERS have been a part of the New York City jazz and pop music scenes since 1998. Vocalist and ukulele player Bliss Blood conceived the Moonlighters as a combination of 1920's and early 1930's jazz along with 1920's Hawaiian guitar. Based around a core of harmonized vocal duets backed by warm acoustic instruments including Hawaiian lap steel guitar, ukulele, guitar and bass, they explore traditional and classic tunes with a unique, romantic approach that is appealing to listeners of all ages.

Their original songs encompass many styles of 20th Century jazz and pop: ragtime, swing, Hawaiian, country, blues, and even be-bop can be heard in their songs. The band lists among their influences Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, the Boswell Sisters, Sol Hoopii, King Bennie Nawahi, Annette Hanshaw, Al Bowlly, George and Ira Gershwin, and many more illustrious entertainers from the golden age of popular music, when tunes on the radio held appeal for every member of the listening audience.

The Moonlighters have played a huge variety of venues around the world from theatres to clubs to cabarets and even several stints aboard the Queen Mary II before the ship's retirement in 2002.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Worldsound
  • ASIN: B002BVYBI8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,336 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's hard to describe their type of music, but it's fabulous. It's tin pan alley jazz, with a Hawaiian flavor. Aw, never mind the description, just listen to their music. I first found about them on the Coney Island boardwalk, and have been listening ever since. This album is as good or better than all the rest.
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Bliss Blood's Moonlighters return with their fifth full-length release, this time on Seattle's WorldSound Records. They have created another fun, upbeat record full of obscure 1920's songs and their original tunes which vary from bluesy songs like Bliss Blood's "Winter In My Heart" and "Queen of Loneliness" to poppy Charleston-style stompers including "Don't Baby Me" and "I'm Still In Love with You", downhome country twang on "Texarkana Bound", Mae West style innuendo on "Race Track Papa" and "Sheet Music Man", the latter composed for Bliss by her friend Al Duvall, another quirky and original Brooklyn musician. Bliss also wrote the title tune, "Enchanted" and "Texarkana Bound" and Cindy Ball, playing in the band since 2007, composed a dark and exotic tune with an Egyptian tinge called "Night Smoke" (as well as "Don't Baby Me").

They also cover some great old songs, including "Don't Cry Baby" which was recorded by Bessie Smith, Cole Porter's "It's Bad For Me", "Fooling with The Other Woman's Man" from the 1934 Spencer Tracy/Alice Faye film "Now I'll Tell", and classics like "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Love" and "One More Time", as well as a medley sung in German of songs from the 1930 Marlene Dietrich film "The Blue Angel", originally performed by the band on their frequent tours of Germany.

Cindy on guitar and vocals and Bliss on ukulele and vocals are joined by bassist Peter Maness and steel guitarist Mark Deffenbaugh, who provide deft musicianship in a wide variety of styles and colors. Definitely the band's best album yet!
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Big fan of their music. Extremely listenable. One of the modest perks of living in the NY area. Unlike their previous albums, this one in particular heavily features the bassist, who has several solos. Your enjoyment of this album therefore depends highly on how you feel about bass solos in general and if you think they tend to weigh songs down.

Lyrics-wise, the immediate standout track is the witty, innuendo-filled "Sheet Music Man." But some of the other songs, "Queen of Loneliness" are growing on me on repeated listening.

Maybe it's just my set-up, but in this album, I have a little trouble hearing the guitar, at least compared to their previous releases.

But overall, it's a great band, and I recommend getting every one of their albums. But if you are new to The Moonlighters, I suggest getting Surrender or Hello Heartstring first.
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