Album Review: Parasols and Pekingese by Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen

Album Name: Parasols and Pekingese
Artist: Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen
Year/Label: 2008 / Late Bloomers Works

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Michele Kappel records as Tippy Canoe and on this record the Paddlemen support her. The music is reflected aptly on the charming cover design. Kappel even plays the ukulele.

Reel after Reel sees Kappel sound as lovely as Erin McKeown, and the band play with great dexterity.

Sleep, Sleep My Dear is a becalmed song with an intriguing melody and Kappel at her most seductive. Madigan Shive of Bonfire Madigan guests on cello.

Monday Night Man is an amusing song with lead vocals by Paddleman Mikie Lee Prasad, who also wrote the song. Kappel sings neat backup vocals to the jazzy song.

Champs-Elysee is another fine moment, a somewhat poppy song with Kappel echoing Debbie Harry.

This is a lovely record all told.

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1 Mass Transmissions
2 Reel After Reel
3 Neighbor of the Tell-Tale Heart
4 Mood-ish Me
5 Sleep, Sleep My Dear
6 Monday Night Man
7 Nut Butter Baby
8 Champs Elysee
9 When You’ve Gone Too Far
10 Puerto Angel
11 Traveling Light

[Tippy Canoe and the Paddlemen Official Site]

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