My interview with Jen from The Lounge Kittens is live now, hear this while you read the review of Sequins and C-Bombs!
The worst thing I can say is that it took me till this year to discover The Lounge Kittens, but I am so glad that I did. This album proves that the girls are truly creative and provide some of the best harmonies I have heard for years. When I first heard ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’, I knew there was something special with these ladies. Taking to Pledgemusic to get the album going, hitting over twice their target is a sign these girls are destined for big things! The blend of top hits with a more stripped back performance definitely makes a huge impression.
The Alice Cooper classic ‘Poison’ is the first track on the album, within moments you know that this is a very different iteration of the song you are familiar with. It works well and fills me with joy for the next fourteen tracks. Other bands that get the Kitten treatment include System Of A Down (‘Bounce’), Usher (‘Yeah’, which is just…wow!) and House Of Pain (‘Jump Around’). This is just for starters, and the variety does continue. A David Bowie song also feels like a fitting tribute to the legend who sadly passed away in January and that cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’ really does hit me every time I hear it.
The other gems that come up in this release is the medleys. Taking a collection of Prodigy hits into one mix is epic enough, but to then do the same with some Rammstein is also noteworthy. If you get a chance to listen to their EP, a medley of Sean Paul tracks is definitely worth a play or two. Because the main instrument of choice for the Kittens is a piano, it doesn’t mean that all their songs are mellowed. A cover of Drowning Pool’s ‘Bodies’ is a strange choice to say the least, but Jenny, Timia and Zan make it work wonders! Also, I gotta say I am a massive fan of Mumford & Sons. The Lounge Kittens really take ‘The Cave’ to new levels, it is possibly my favourite song on the album (trust me, it is hard to pick a favourite as the whole thing is bloody good!!).
From Mumford to Manson, this album does have a lot of thought and effort throughout. The vocal harmony in the three girls is astounding. Like I said, I have never experienced anything like this before. The biggest strength in The Lounge Kittens is that they work so well. There has been so much work put in to make them sound unique, but at the same time they are remarkably faithful to the source material of their musical selections. When album two comes up, there is a certain cover I would like to hear (Jen mentions in the interview one she wanted to do, and I hope it may feature next time around) and I would love to hear the Kittens do some original tracks next time. I can’t recommend this album enough! Jen, Timia and Zan deserve all the success they can get…now bring on the show at the 100 Club in London next month!
Final rating: 9.5/10
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove