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Double Standards CD

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  • Audio CD (18 Aug. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B0000AKPFP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dancing Barefoot
  2. Kiko And The Lavender Moon
  3. Call Me
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Just A Girl
  6. Been Caught Stealing
  7. Black Hole Sun
  8. People Are Strange
  9. Tatooed Love Boys
  10. Alliance
  11. Longview

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BBC Review

The mood is intimate and late night; a chanteuse in a little club somewhere with a piano trio augmented by sax, vibes and guitar. But New York singer and comedienne Lea Delaria is singing an unlikely mix of pop and rock songs. Can you make jazz out of Jane's Addiction or Patti Smith? The results are interesting but not completely successful.

Lea takes a witty, urbane approach. She reminds me a little of Peggy Lee, although she has a broader vocal range and lacks Lee's vulnerability. The more she underplays her singing, the better the results. Blondie's "Call Me", is light and engaging. "Just A Girl" sets up an amusing tension between the sarcasm of the feminist lyric and the swing of the small combo. Soundgarden,'s "Black Hole Sun" is low key but effective, with the best instrumental performance of the album.

Jane's Addiction's "Been Caught Stealing" is recast as jazz funk. It doesn't work. This is a song about shoplifting: it has to be put over with a maximum amount of in your face rock attitude. Delaria's version is just too polite. And the mixture of grimy contempt and lust that is Chrissie Hynde's "Tattooed Love Boys" is given an inappropriate swingin' arrangement and misses the point completely.

It might have been better if this had been recorded live in a club. The production is weak, and at points badly mixed. This is a shame, as Delaria's band work hard to create atmospheric textures on "Philadelphia" and Robert Wyatt's threatening polemic "Alliance". When you hear what the likes of E.S.T can do with the studio, this unimaginative approach to recording just doesn't cut it anymore. But Peggy Lee never sang lines like "Chomsky got it right" or "masturbation's lost its fun". Until we can access the parallel universe where she did, this CD gives us a clue to what it might have sounded like. --Nick Reynolds

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I had bought Lea DeLaria's first Warner jazz album "Play It Cool" and thought it displayed great taste in material, and some inventive arrangements, but her voice wasn't always up to the demands of the ambitions. I had heard nice things about this new set, but nothing prepared me for the leap the singer has taken. What could have come off as a novelty record, is instead one of the most daring and thrilling jazz vocal albums of the recent years. She truly reinvents these songs, all of which have their roots in rock, and finds subtlety, nuance and texture of a totally different nature from the sources. Not that the originals were unworthy -- quite the contrary. Most are classics of their genre, but never had I imagined them sung like this, let alone having them sung this way and sounding brilliant. There's not a bad cut on this album. The best of the best are "Longview", "Just A Girl," and a sad and stunning take on Neil Young's "Philadelphia." I hope this brave and revelatory album finds an audience. It has yet to be released in the U.S., so hopefully it will catch on in the UK and send a message the rest of the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond style 28 May 2005
By LuelCanyon - Published on
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This second of Warner Bros. planned four disc deal with Lea DeLaria is captivating and fine. Once again, MUSICAL values are the driving force and the reason for the occasion. The provenance of the songs themselves is as far from the point as you can wander in the face of subtle and convincing instrumental work of a first rate band coupling the deliriously heart tuned singing of Lea DeLaria. The band assembled here is tight enough to succeed even without a singer! Seamus Blake's tenor sax work is consistently standout, busting loose on Morrison's 'People Are Strange'. Chris McBride's bass makes points as an emotional instrument rarely explored nowadays. Beautiful percussion effects on 'Alliance'. Gil Goldstein's arrangements (and his keyboard work) think and move and end up so right each time. DeLaria's singing comes more into its own on this second outing even if the first effort took on her home turf Broadway. Lea's ways are uncanny. There's an edge to even her tenderest moments, and you know she's right. Most important, she's a musician of rigorous standards, and that goodness rewards every track. A CD this fine smashes category, jazz or otherwise, the years will prove it. DeLaria's transformations of herself, her music and ideas about art meanwhile plunges forward. It's all good.

Amazon reviewer Vincentelli writes "it's hard to shake off the impression that this is a stylistic exercise that gets caught up in its own self-aware coolness." She's unaware of the kind of self-awareness pervading Lea DeLaria's musical art, neither stylistic exercise nor in the least caught up (a spoiler, she means) but a vital part of the whole, a modern approach sampling homage and shunning imitation - indeed a coolness. Hip even, and hip's ALWAYS 'self-conscious' wanting you to listen, to see the new being born and answering in the end only to excellence. We all want perfect art from perfect artists, but Vincentelli's suggestion that authenticity is lacking is an uninformed shot in an otherwise leaden review. The natural force of Lea DeLaria's music overthrows all of that anyway. Get this disc and be multiplied.
5.0 out of 5 stars Lea rules in music! 28 Mar. 2014
By Barbara Renton - Published on
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When I first saw Lea De Laria in person, she strated to set up to sing which back then I didn't know she did. She does so perfectly! And given that she's a lesbioan, the title of this "Double Standards" is oh so funny because it is sadly true that we all have gone through. Her voice is quite wonderful and is the reason you've never seen her on American Idol because she is already a winner!
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the disc 2 July 2014
By Susannah Thornton - Published on
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Loved the disc! Came to me in excellent condition at an amazing price. Lea continues to amaze in terms of being able to refresh old/unconventional tunes from all genres into a jazz vein. "Just a Girl" and "Longview" are my favorites on this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A success! 30 Mar. 2005
By Jim - Published on
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This is a very successful album. The arrangements, production, and talent is right on the mark. Lea manages expertly the difficult task of translating rock songs into a traditional jazz vocabulary and the band is excellent. She succeeds where most jazz singers fail (maybe because she was smart enough to avoid Joni Mitchell's brilliant but mostly impossible songs). "Philadelphia" is so well done that it is destined to become a new jazz standard. It's stylish jazz at its best.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 18 Feb. 2015
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Fast delivery, but sadly mediocre listening.
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