Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hormonally Yours

I didn’t know the bard had a sister either, but apparently he had two and here they are even though the band’s name is slightly misspelled. Shakespear’s Sister is a British/American synth-pop-rock duo which finally charted in the United States with this 1992 release. This album is interesting because it has a pop "feel" to it, but never really had much pop success other than the song Stay which reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Classified under the Alternative genre, this CD offers up twelve good but inconsistent tracks, showcasing the duo’s opposite extremes in vocal variance. Although I don’t know it for sure I would not be surprised to find out that between the two of them there is a five or six octave range. Nowhere is this more evident than on the track Stay, the powerful ballad which charted, possibly because of the showcasing of these same vocal extremes and the campy video which accompanied it. Hello, (Turn your radio on), The Trouble with Andre and Emotional Thing were also standout tracks for me. I like this CD because I like interesting female vocalists, but it may not be for everyone.

Here is Stay, campy video and all.

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