Codeine Velvet Club, 'Codeine Velvet Club' (Dangerbird)

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Codeine Velvet Club
Critical Mass
Label: Dangerbird

by Jon Young

Just as Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner indulged his retro urges with Last Shadow Puppets, frontman Jon Lawler of Scotland's Fratellis teams up with femme singer Lou Hickey for this '60s-pop homage, a frothy mélange of Phil Spector, Nancy Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Vegas swagger, and moody soundtracks.(Fittingly, the supporting cast includes trumpeter Derek Watkins, a fixture on James Bond scores since forever.) Though such nostalgic pastiche can get tiresome, Codeine Velvet Club boasts some genuinely potent tunes, including the moving duet "Reste Avec Moi," and "Nevada," which could be a lost Dionne Warwick classic.

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