The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo [CD]

  • Artist: The Puppini Sisters
  • SKU: 8634908
  • Release Date: 02/12/2008
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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Puppini Sisters step out


    The Puppini Sisters, inspired by the The Triplets of Belleville from the Belgian/Quebecois animated film of the same name, pay homage to the girl groups of the 1930s and 1940s; from their victory curls to the fire engine red lipstick to the curvy, form-fitting retro dresses, here are three gals who are seriously enamored with WWII-era vocal music. Their tight harmonies and covers of retro gems such as Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen, Mr. Sandman, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and In The Mood fused seamlessly with covers of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights, Blondie's Heart of Glass and Gloria Gaynor's anthem I Will Survive made their debut Betcha Bottom Dollar endearing and quirky, but with definite staying power, particularly if you're like me and you adore the Andrews Sisters. On their sophomore follow-up The Rise and Fall Of Ruby Woo, the trio (Marcella Puppini, Stephanie O'Brien, and Kate Mullins) have penned nearly half of the songs (Soho Nights, I Can't Believe I'm Not A Millionaire, Jilted, It's Not Over, And She Sang). The covers this time around are more zany, including the Bangles' Walk Like An Egyptian and Beyonce's Crazy in Love, along with Old Cape Cod and Spooky. The only nod to vintage covers here are "Old Cape Cod" and "It Don't Mean A Thing" (If It Ain't Got That Swing). But even here, the "sisters" have veered from strict 1940s harmony to taking liberties with scat singing, ad lib lyrics and drastically altering the tempo. They've also thrown in a medley of other gems on It Don't Mean a Thing, including Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?, Putting on the Ritz, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and Mambo Italiano. Those who loved the Puppini Sisters' debut for its adherence to 1940s glamour and sonic fidelity will be sorely disappointed, particularly by some of the new songs like Jilted: "Oh, trust the Cosmo quiz for advice," or I Can't Believe I'm Not A Millionaire, which features the line "I fixed myself a Pop-Tart instead." The 1940s this is not, but the new direction towards self-penned independence and less reliance on covers feels weak compared to their first album. Soho Nights was a standout, but I found myself routinely skipping over the other tracks written by the group. Overall, this is still a fun album with a nod to retro glam in the spirit of the Andrews Sisters, but the new songs paled next to the enduring classics from the 1940s and 1950s; the covers on this album were all from the last 20 years for the most part, which was a big leap from their prior album. The Puppini Sisters also recently released two songs for the Kitt Kittridge: An American Girl soundtrack that sound most similar to their debut, and I look forward to seeing what the future will hold for this unusual group.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing CD


    I really adore this group. I stumbled upon them quite a long time ago while searching for artists similar to the Lascivious Biddies. They really suit my mood. A good mix of some modern songs, situations with the lovely big band twist. Jilted is my favorite song and has already made it to my profile song on myspace.

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