By Ken Olende
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Splendor in the Grass – Pink Martini

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This is the fourth album from the multilingual retro band from Portland, Oregon.
Issue 2181
The album cover
The album cover

This is the fourth album from the multilingual retro band from Portland, Oregon.

Here the 13-member group has an orchestral accompaniment. Funky bass, a sitar and even a barbershop quartet make appearances.

The horror of much “easy listening” is taking popular songs and blanding out any passion. But Pink Martini take easy listening favourites and give them a bit of life.

Their music reminds us how the orchestras of the 1950s and 1960s blended music from a range of sources – notably Latin.

“Oú est ma tête” is a cha cha in French, while the track “Splendor In The Grass” features the Dandy Warhols’ guitarist and the theme from a Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto.

The album actually reins in the variety of their previous Hey Eugene, but nevertheless it remains witty and inventive throughout.

Splendor in the Grass
Pink Martini
Wrasse Records

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