Review - The International Playboy & Playgirl Record

Artist: Pizzicato Five

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The International Playboy & Playgirl Record
Label: Matador
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: The International Playboy & Playgirl Record

If you do something well, maybe you can't do too much of it. But if anyone is going to push that envelope, it's Pizzicato Five. They're snide, goofy, funny and hip. And they know it. Sounding like something you stumble across while playing with your grandfather's short-wave radio, the Japanese '50s-'70s kitschophiles go at it with a familiar tongue-in-cheek gusto.

With a martini glass of crazy spoken word and jet-set shallowness, "The International Playboy & Playgirl Record" is in a time warp all its own. Without standing out, it fits into a P5 discography that's more like an ongoing series (I'm sure Ian Fleming predicted P5 in the adventures of 007) than an evolution. Like an Austin Powers who couldn't get out of his own velvet-lined outdatedness if he tried, Pizzicato Five spins in its own anachronistic lounge satellite just outside of our time. There, they create danceable, listenable and even comic retromanic dreams.

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