Album Review: Cutthtroat Standards and Black Pop by Abby Travis

Album Name: Cutthtroat Standards and Black Pop
Artist: Abby Travis
Year/Label: 2000 / Educational Recordings

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

On this, her second album, Abby Travis blends cabaret, pop and rock.

Her velvety voice adorns songs like the smoky jazz of “Somtimes I wish I had a Gun” and the Brechtian “Have I Got a deal for You”.

The lovely “Everything’s Wonderful” could be a Cole Porter song if not for the line “He dropped me on my ass”.

These cutthroat standards are close to Ute Lemper’s recent, masterful album “Punishing Kiss”. Travis creates lush,theatrical music as wonderfully as Lemper does.

This is music to dream your day away to and then have beautiful nightmares haunt your sleep.

Posted on February 14, 2001

Track Listing

1. So Far Away
2. Of Eyes Remain
3. Have I Got a Deal For You
4. Sunday is the Day for Love
5. Hope
6. Hangover Flower
7. Everything’s Wonderful
8. October
9. Sometimes I Wish I had a gun
10. Bottom of the Sea
11. Monster
12. The Hate song

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