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Cocktail Angst
Our Big Top Parade

The opening track to Our Big Top Parade (Cocktail Angst Consortium), the second CD by New York band Cocktail Angst, so vividly captures the kind of creepy psychedelic lounge of the '60s that the average listener would never guess it's a new release. The remaining 12 tracks, mostly originals penned by pianist John Dryden and singer Toby Williams, maintain the same authentic sound accompanied by deliciously cooky lyrics. On "Pineapples," Williams entones, When your husband does your laundry/ and your whites all come back brown/ When you want to be alone/but your in-laws are in town/Don't eat a pint of ice-cream/it will only give you guilt/Just eat a big old pineapple/so you can stay wellbuilt.

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Our Big Top Parade

Pineapples
Last Tango in Paris
Samba de Angst
Bates Motel

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Other particularly delightful songs include "Samba de Angst," "Mindless," "Last Tango in Vegas," and "Bates Motel." Most of the musicians probably weren't yet born when the style of music they play first came into fashion, but they capture the very essence of lounge as if they were possessed by Mancini. Even if you have no taste for musical innovation and can't appreciate the perky mambos, sambas and exotica on this CD, you will flip for the lyrics. If not, you're too humorless to be reading ATOMIC.

-Leslie Rosenberg



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