Who Am I Gonna Love Tonight
the liner notes for their debut CD, the members of Bim Bam Baby
thank Louis Prima and Keely Smith for inspiration. Perhaps the
band should have given props to Frankie and Annette as well. Although
they market themselves as a swing combo, Bim Bam Baby covers a
range of retro styles, from sultry lounge to "beach blanket
Am I Gonna Love Tonight? is a fun mélange of retro
musicality that spans several decases. Unfortunately, given the
low-budget production quality, what could have been a truly excellent
debut is merely ordinary (abeit highly entertaining). The first
track, "Tonight I'm Gonna Love You," is uninspired,
but Prima/Smith fans will relish the smooth, swingy sound of "Love
Roller Coaster" and "Baby Won't you Please Come Home."
Songs like "Bring It Home To Me" and "I Gotta Have
your Love" have a jazzier tempo, while "Come Back My
Love" and "Them there Eyes" are straight off the
jukebox at your local soda shop. Ear candy at its best.
you're looking for innovative new music that pushes the envelope
for the swing movement, you won't find it here. the album is almost
entirely covers, and the cord progressions are pretty standard twelve-bar
blues and I-VI-IV-V. The voacls aren't as strong as they could besome
of the harmonies are offand on songs like "High Blood
Pressure," a backup vpcalist is sorely needed to make the song
jump during the call and response. Still, the ultra-kitschy "High
Blood Pressure" is my favorite track, taking you back to the
days of clean cut kids twisting on the beach.
Who Am I Gonna
Bam Baby's Who Am I Gonna Love Tonight? is a good first
effort from a band that is still very green. Take it along on
your next trip to the shore.