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Ute Lemper- Punishing Kiss
Ute Lemper- Punishing Kiss

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5.0 out of 5 stars Every song a cathartic and exhausting pleasure!, 28 April 2000
Lemper is at her very best here. She is constantly saying that she enjoys playing the roles of the 'lonely' and the 'dissasociated', therefore this collection of songs gives her a platform for her finest body of vocal work yet. Most reviewers talk about the collaborations with 'The Divine Comedy', and rightly so! The twinning of Hanonn and Lempers voices are a stroke of genius - probably the only man that can compliment her amazing vocal quality. However, people are managing to forget the amazing collaborations with Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Philip Glass - these names are synonymous with songs of pure theatre and the irreconcilable nature of 'being' and 'living'. Lemper as usual tackles these songs with the empathy and understanding of a woman who has lived a thousand lives. Each song is a cathartic and exhausting pleasure. Look out for the 'contemporary stalker' in "You were meant for me" - joyous and tragic all at once, with more than a little touch of 'camp' that only improves, and never cheapens this particular favourite of mine

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