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5.0 out of 5 stars
Kirsty MacColl, and her version of 'pearl', 4 Oct. 2006
When a well established British pop singer, producer and writer releases an album, mixing lyricaly strong songs with pop rhymes rumba, bossa nova, and salsa to name a few you know it is going to be interesting. Add all that to her pedigree, daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl famous for his working class movement. And just the fact that this album tropical brain storm released in march 2000, turned out to be MacColls answer to Janis Joplins Pearl for just nine months later she was tragically killed in front of her children in a boating accident Mexico in Dec 2000.
You cant compare MacColl's last album Titanic days to this as it sounds like another artist. MacColl in her last years grew to love and to become inspired by Latin American music.
Stand out tracks are plenty on this album, for example the commercially successful, in these shoes which has since featured on films adverts and the TV comedy serious bbc2 Catherine tate show every body must know this song that she co wrote.
The opening track Mambo De La Luna left me scratching my head, was this woman really from Croydon. The album boasts some MacColls most clever, mature lyrics Autumngirlsoup is a world away from there's a guy works down the chip shop swears he is elvis ,but it is just as clever and touching lyrically and musically when you play autumngirlsoup read the lyrics from the inlay card, it is so heart wrenchingly brilliant. Other stand out tracks are England 2 Colombia 0, Treachery, and Celestine. This album is a must for anybody serious about harmony, lyrics and Britain's very own the late great Kirsty Maccoll.