March 30, 2004

Sing-Sing "Madam Sing-Sing"

Ah, Sing-Sing, it's been too long! For those of you who don't know, Sing-Sing is the project of Emma Anderson (ex-Lush) and Lisa O'Neill. It's been a bit quiet on the Sing-Sing front as of late (they released a ton of singles a few years ago, which we L-O-V-E-D) and this little four-song EP released on a tiny Spanish record label was a most wonderful suprise! It's good to see that these two are still making music, and these four songs show that they're only getting better. All four of these songs are a healthy blend of electronica and pop, and they seem to be a bit more on the pop side than previous records. O'Neill sings with a really sweet, innocent voice that gives the songs a slightly sinister edge. There's also a bit more of a dance beat here, too. "Every Day" and "A Modern Girl" are two songs that should have been hits years ago, because these songs easily give the Cardigans and Garbage a run for their money. For some weird reason, "I Do" reminds me of a modern-day Abba. The only Sing-Sing could be better is if Anderson took more lead vocals--she was awesome in Lush and just needs to sing more! Madame Sing-Sing may be a little bit harder to find, but it's worth seeking out, because this EP is wonderful.

--Joseph Kyle

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