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  • Audio CD (6 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B004KU2DVU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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titolo-cannibal courtshipartista-dengue fever etichetta-concord-n. dischi1data-31 maggio 2011supporto-cd audiogenere-pop e rock internazionale----brani1.cannibal courtship 2.cement slippers 3.uku business 5.only a friend 6.sister in the radio 7.2012 (bury our heads) 8.kiss of the bufo alvarius 9.thank you goodbye bubbles 11.durian dowr

BBC Review

It’s now a decade since brothers Zac and Ethan Holtzman founded Dengue Fever, after meeting Cambodian karaoke singer Chhom Nimol at a nightclub in LA’s ‘Little Phnom Penh’ neighbourhood. Over the course of five albums and two EPs, their fusion of Cambodian pop, Californian surf/garage rock and more has blurred the artificial boundaries between world music and pop/trash culture with plenty of style and humour. Opting to produce themselves on this latest studio album happily hasn’t dimmed their offbeat charm; it’s a tuneful, diverse and often witty addition to their discography.

Cannibal Courtship also showcases an increasing sophistication in the arrangements, most noticeable on the only instrumental, the noir-ish Kiss of the Bufo Alvarius – named after a poisonous, psychoactive toad. Throughout, David Ralicke’s brass and woodwind contributions are especially noteworthy. Fortunately, Ethan has kept his trademark Farfisa noodling bubblegum-simple, and vocal trio The Living Sisters are welcome guests, adding sugary "pah-pah" backing to the suavely sinister title-track, which kicks things off confidently.

It’s the first of several songs Nimol tackles in English – having obviously learned a bit more since she started working with the band – but fortunately she still also sings in Khmer, which keeps Dengue Fever sounding distinctive. When she juxtaposes her verses in Khmer with Zac’s slightly nerdy English choruses on the funky Only a Friend, the effect is quite comical, but it exposes a slight tendency the band have to repeat their vocal hooks a little too often – something also apparent on Thank You Goodbye.

Much of the humour is surreal, throwaway slapstick, as on Cement Slippers, which sounds like The B-52s in an argumentative mood ("My girlfriend loves everything at the beach / Except the water, the sand, and the sun"). Family Business takes a pop at the arms trade in the scathing tradition of fellow Californians the Dead Kennedys: "Heat seeking missile from heir to air / It’s just a family business." Even so, there’s a darker, more reflective side to their music on songs in Khmer such as Uku and in particular Sister on the Radio, which hints at the painful recent past of Cambodians forced to become refugees.

--Jon Lusk

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The album is really great but the CD itself is rubbish, 1st (and sometimes 2nd) track crash when you try and play the CD from the start on a standard CD player (plays all the others fine!). Got a replacement and this had exactly the same problem: excellent album, rubbish CD quality!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maxim Candries on 8 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have been following Dengue Fever ever since their debut Dengue Fever, which contains some mind-blowing tracks sung by Chhom Nimol in Khmer. Unfortunately, most tracks here are sung in English and too many by Zac Holtzman. There were a couple of amusing duets on Venus On Earth but this new album is boring and a complete miss. In Khmer, Chhom Nimol's voice is beautiful and full of nuance but when she sings in English here, she sounds strained to the point of almost wailing. The best track here is the instrumental but it is a far cry from Ethanopium. I'm so disappointed that I'm giving only one star. Skip this one and check out their earlier work instead.
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Dengue Fever improve with every album, and this is their best yet. Great mix of Cambodian sounds with '70s surf rock. Excellent swinging music. Highly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Lost on the Road from Phnom Penh to LA 14 May 2011
By D.M. Cross - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Intriguing 1960s Cambodian rock influences 23 April 2011
By hyperbolium - Published on
Format: Audio CD
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]
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Uneven but still sparkles 15 Oct. 2011
By D. Webb - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I saw DF play live and bought the vinyl version of this album at their show. I have since bought all their albums except the first which is out of print.
I agree this is not their best album but the peaks are so good I am going to give it 5 stars. I do agree with others that Chhom Nimol's voice is the star of the show and some tracks without her singing are forgetable. Uku and a few other songs fully redeem this album and I don't see how anyone could give it only one star.
I mayself am not Cambodian or Asian but I do agree fully that the songs sung in English are less mesmerizing than those sung in Cchom's native tongue. Her voice is hauntingly beautiful but some of the ethereal beauty of the music is lost when sung in English with mundane lyrics.
But there is enouugh good music on this album to make it a hightlight of the year for me.
I will be following the career of DF for sure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tamarind Pulp and Other Delights 11 July 2011
By Amaranth - Published on
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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. "Cannibal Courtship" is not to be confused with the cheesy electro-pop of Ke$ha's Cannibal. Other great Dengue Fever titles are: Escape From Dragon House, Venus on Earth and their labor of love, Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia.

Dengue Fever is infectious!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My Favorite Album of 2011 10 Jan. 2012
By Melvin Ah Ching - Published on
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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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