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Sixties Girl Band Homage with one girl and a Horror,
This review is from: Cat's Eyes (Audio CD)
Faris Baldwin (of Horrors Fame) has said of this side project 'I've always wanted to do a girl group somehow.' Without hearing this it may seem like an odd sentiment. However, this side project with Rachel Zeffira is totally in tune with a sixties girl groups style given a slightly modern and indie uplift. From the subject matter, yes they are all love songs, to the approach, vocals and instruments this is a real homage to what Baldwin wanted to create. It has some catchy hooks as well, Face In The Crowd is one of the tracks where Baldwin's the main vocal. It has a a bass line that is akin to A Girl Like You by Edwyn Collins. It has a better chorus with Zeffira's voice lingering long after the last note dies.
Zeffira's voice is very much at home with the lyrics and leaves the listener feeling for her, even though she could be singing about a love found rather than one lost. Most of the time she isn't though. Most of the time its just her singing as well although the production and vocals really does give the feel of a girl band. Like a lot of the sixties girl bands there are strings and horns to back up the vocals and whilst they are given a modern feel they really work well. Not every track does though and Sooner or Later stands out as a real turkey here. Its a dirge with Baldwin leading and it does bring home how much this whole piece works when Zeffira's is at the forefront. She is a opera singer by training and on Over You she might not hit the ranges of an opera singer she does deliver a performance that shows her vocal talents. The final track, I knew it was over, is quite beautiful and works with Zeffira providing church choral backing to Baldwin in a performance that you may well hear in drama's at the key point of a characters story arc. It is moving and lovely.
This album really does work as a homage to sixties girl groups and as an album by itself. The Horrors have won many friends over the past two years. However, Zeffira deserves equal recognition on this evidence. Lets hope she gets it and this gets heard.