on 2 August 2002
Following the huge commercial sucess that was "Tropical Gangsters" would always seem difficult but the strength of each and every single track of Doppelganger proved that the many years of hard work had paid off for the Kid and the band. Tight arrangements, catchy tracks and that same wonderful sense of humour enrich the entire album. From the powerful dancefloor-fillers such as the opening track "The Lifeboat Party", "Don't Take My Coconuts" and "Seven Year Itch" via the Vaudvillian/melancholic "Back in the Field Again", the comical reworking of "If You Wanna Be Happy" and the insanely catchy "There's Something Wrong.."; this is a must for anyone who has enjoyed the greatest hits compilations or "Tropical Gangsters". Its interesting to note that the bulk of the album was used as a movie soundtrack which probably accounts for its cohesive feel. The addition of the last three tracks adds to the album for the "completists".
on 2 January 2008
Intelligence, style, pithy self-deprecation, flair. The Kid has it all, and uses it on this album with gleeful abandon. Every track on this album is fun and reminds me of being 13 again, which is no bad thing. My favourite cut is 'Survivors', which drifts along with lilting pathos. Long live 'Salsa Sleaze'!
on 4 June 2013
I absolutely love Kid Creole but Doppelganger, while still containing some catchy tunes and quirky lyrics is a real lost opportunity. If Darnell had said a big fat NO! to the drum machines and brought in some of the fantastic musicians who played on the earlier albums then the finished result could have been much better. The songs are also too short and rather less dance orientated than the earlier records. Listen to Fresh Fruit...or even his newest album, I Wake Up Screaming, and Doppelganger falls far short of just how fantastic Darnell can be.