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The Lounge Kittens – Sequins & C-Bombs | Album Review

The sultry songstresses that are The Lounge Kittens have (finally) released their anticipated debut – ‘Sequins & C-Bombs’. Has it been worth the wait? We decide!

The Lounge Kittens

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For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon that is The Lounge Kittens, imagine your favourite rock, metal (and much more random) hits with their trousers pulled down, being thoroughly spanked by three cheeky ladies with angelic pitch-perfect harmonies, and you’re probably about halfway there.

After causing a stir in our collective trousers with last year’s Just The Tip EP, and sharing stages with the likes of Steel Panther, Limp Bizkit and Alice Cooper, it seemed about time the trio stop teasing us and whap out a full-length album. And so they delivered, with Sequins & C-bombs, fifteen tracks of re-done, reinvigorated tracks covered in their own inimitable style.

Kicking off with a version of the aforementioned Mr Cooper’s ‘Poison’ that comes in with delicate, lilting piano with bittersweet, breathy vocals before rising vocal harmonies and a more uptempo keyboard solo see us home. ‘Bounce’ follows up with something more silly, jaunty rhythms carrying over some of the energy of the original System Of A Down version before ending with a wry admission that “it’s just a little bouncy bouncy”

Usher’s ‘Yeah’ sees the kittens go a little more urban, some canny panning on the ‘yeah’s and funny little twists contrasting with the masculine bravo of the original. ‘Jump Around’ (House of Pain) teases with a retro dancehall into before some excellent beatboxing layers whisk us away. It’s amazingly arranged, and very organic, ending with some in-studio laughs.

It’s the medleys that see’s the ladies really show their stripes. ‘Smack My Firestarter To Outer Space’ (various Prodigy cuts) builds tension before bursting with drums and guitar (a first for the usually stripped-back trio), flitting between ragga grooves and thrashy chugging  for ‘Out Of Space’. Things get bilingual on ‘Rammers’, an ode to several of Rammstein’s industrial classics, including a high-octane turn of ‘Feuer Frei’ and a madcap polka-driven ‘Du Hast’.

Fifteen tracks might seem like a blessing for patient Kitten fans, and it definitely shows the breadth of the trio’s influences and skills, but it does mean some of the tracks aren’t quite as experimental, lapsing into ‘classic’ LK territory (which is no bad thing). ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap‘Changes’ and ‘The Cave’ (we thought they had better taste than ruddy Mumford!) just don’t pack the same punch as other tracks, or conjure up the same lasting interest, despite their conviction and execution.

Wrapping things up is Marylin Manson’s ‘The Beautiful People’, which starts restrained, just voices and piano, before going FULL lounge, adding brass, strings, double bass, and all the jazzy trimmings you’d expect in a smoky cocktail lounge somewhere. It’s bolshy, bombastic, and brilliant.

Sequins & C-bombs elevates itself above mere pastiche or passing gimmick by being full of heart. The trio clearly have immense affection for the songs they cover, immense musical talent and a knack for arrangements that makes each one their own. It ain’t purrrfect, but a few listens will have you feeling like the kitten who got the cream. Not that kind.

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