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Anyone who's ever prepared a bubbly drink for a patio party while listening to Esquivel (or one of the endless series of Ultra Lounge comps from the mid-'90s) will know precisely where Tipsy's coming from. This playful modern group uses all the sonic cues of classic lounge and exotica music--popping-popcorn rhythms, string arrangements set on "tickle," tiki-surf guitars, and interjections of "Zow!" that sound as if they were sung by people in well-tailored suits. But Tipsy are keenly aware that this music's kitsch factor went out of hipster fashion about five years ago--the same time that their great debut, "Trip Tease," got lost in the ironic-lounge avalanche. So here they move beyond the (squeeze) cheese factor and craft infectiously upbeat songs that stand just fine on their own, from the sunnily propulsive "Papaya Highway" to the spy-themed "Swallowtail." And in a nod to today's electronica mayhem makers and yesterday's psychedelic popsters, they insert disorienting sound effects at every other turn. (See the blender-collaged "Hey!") Forget the retro-revival factor; Uh-Oh is a perkily distracting good time in any era. --Lisa Gidley
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Some exceptional tracks are:
"Reverse Cowgirl" which sounds like Beck meets Cibo Matto meets Hank Williams meets the Jetsons...figure that one out?
"Hard Petting" which is right out of a late 60's Euro-trash movie or maybe one of those goofy "Our Man Flynt" movies...kinda kitsch spy and Italian/French movie where they are driving around in a convertible down on the coast..you know what I mean, the slide whistle really adds a powerful kick.
"Papaya Freeway" is like Martin Denny on a far out trip, if you can imagine that one, like tropics meet forbidden planet.
"Sweet Cinnamon Punch" reminds me of some off the wall 60's movie where you are prety sure something naughty is going on but all the bizzarre swooping camera angles make it a bit unlcear, on the other hand I can see Barbarella floating around to this as well.
Overall, I really give this 4 1/2 stars, it is spectacular background music for your oh so hip cocktail party!
Five years have gone by and I waited with bated breath for their second release and here it is. It's as if I've waited five hours for the bartender to bring me another drink and I end up getting a flat gin and tonic without the twist.
Granted, this by far is still a good CD and I've only listened to my copy a few times so far, so I may be writing a new review in the future. However, at the moment, Uh-Oh falls short of Trip-Tease. It fails to give me goosebumps like Trip-Tease. The songs seemed contrived and lack the fluidity and spontaneity of their first effort.
With eighteen tracks averaging two and half minutes each, it's hard to get into a song. Some tracks leave you wishing they were longer while other tracks are over before they even begin.
Standout tracks: moisture seekers, wig out, hey!
Buy this if you're a fan of Tipsy or lounge music. If you're new to Tipsy then check out Trip-Tease first. Don't get me wrong though, I still love these guys. I only hope it doesn't take another five years for their next release and hopely it'll be more refined than this one.
Especially when it comes to lounge music and trip hop. This scene is taking itself much too seriously lately....
The Tipsy due (Dave Gardner and Tim Digullia) takes it self lightly with a blink of humor (actually not a BLINK - it is simply insane stuff). More likely to think they were hardly tripping when recording this album... (Typically to San Francisco-based groups?...)
You can't put it in a specific style I'm familiar with - it's a mix of trip hop, groove jazz, a bit of French sounds, electronic pop, beats that were put together in no particular order..... Everything that makes your ears feels good and your face twist into a stupid smile...
I like "Reverse Cowgirl" funny sound (they actually play it backwards!!!), the ticklish guitar track on "Hard Petting."
"Bunny Kick" is actually sounds like Latin elevator music...
Pay attention to the smoker's hack in "Moisture Seekers"... absolutely crazy...
Make yourself a nice light cocktail, sit on your sofa, stair at your walls and listen! your gonna enjoy it!!!