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Thoroughly enjoyable introduction to the PCO,
By A Customer
This review is from: Preludes Airs And Yodels [A Penguin Cafe Primer] (Audio CD)
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra are one of those acts that I've always intended to check out but never been quite sure how to start... so this compilation/sampler of their work looked like a good starting point.
Other reviewers of the PCO usually struggle to describe their music (is it pseudo-classical? folk? world? experimental?) and I can now sympathise - other than to say that it is all thoroughly enjoyable! The tunes on this album, odd though they seem at first hearing, somehow insinuate themselves into your brain, so that you find yourself humming them during the day...
I particularly liked the three different versions of the opening track, 'Music for a Found Harmonium': the first is the original harmonium-based (no surprises there) version, the second an arrangement for a non-PCO piano-based quartet, and the third an electronica remix (re-make would be more descriptive) by The Orb. All three somehow preserve the oddball charm of the basic tune.
Oh, and no need to worry - I haven't heard any actual yodelling on the album...
I like this album already and I suspect it is going to continue to grow on me: I will be looking out to add more of the PCO's work to my collection!