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Earth Vs The Pipettes

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Call Me
Aint No Talking
Thank You
Need a Little TIme
I Always Planned to Stay
Stop the Music
I Vibe U
Our Love Was Saved By Spacemen
Finding My Way
Captain Rhythm
From Today
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 37:48

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Amelia Raitt


Amelia Raitt is a former writer for the television program Mr. Belvedere and has been writing about pop music of all colors and stripes for eMusic since 2005. S...more »

The Pipettes, Earth Vs The Pipettes
2010 | Label: Fortuna POP / The Orchard

It seems like no band has more fun indulging in retro cool than the Pipettes. Since the time their debut album was released in 2006, the blonde-brunette-redhead trio has shrunken to a girl group of only two. But Earth vs the Pipettes proves that less can sometimes be more — the harmonies are just as sharp, the lyrics are cutesy but smart, and nearly every song sounds a siren call to the dancefloor.

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Fun songs. Great sound. Cohesive. Terrific album. Hope to see The Pipettes live.

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So many changes have taken place since the release of the Pipettes’ previous album that sorting it out is just too much of a pain. All you really need to know is that members of the group have come and gone and their sound has changed from girl group imitators to disco-pop acolytes. The constant behind the group, songwriter and ringleader Monster Bobby, is still there, still calling the shots on Earth vs. the Pipettes. His decision to leave the girl group sound behind was actually a wise one. Despite the tunes often being quite good, there was something off about the presentation. They seemed trapped between wanting to emulate the sound exactly and trying to add something more modern to the mix, which left them in limbo. The new approach is more blatantly pop and newfangled. Working with producer Martin Rushent (no stranger to ultra-pop with a wink, having worked with Human League and Altered Images), Monster Bobby and the two remaining Ettes, Gwenno and Ani, have crafted just about the shiniest, sleekest girl-pop record you could imagine. Like ABBA with some sass, the Spice Girls with tunes, or Bananarama with pitch, the Pipettes breeze through a batch of escapist, lightweight dance-pop like they were strolling through a sunswept meadow. The shimmering strings and pulsating beats of disco serve as the basis for most of the songs, though guitars and the occasional rock & roll drumbeat get a look-in from time to time. Gwenno and Ani are both strong vocalists, imbuing the songs with just enough passion to keep things at a low boil, but not enough to distract. When they join in harmony, they sound like angels riding the wings of a jet plane. The lead singles “Call Me” and “Stop the Music” and the cute novelty track “Our Love Was Saved by Spacemen” are the best songs on the record, but the rest isn’t too far behind. Though almost nothing on the record will appeal to the people who liked their earlier work because of the girl group connection, fans of cotton-candied pop sung by girls who sound like they live on a diet of helium and gummy bears will find Earth vs. the Pipettes just about perfect. – Tim Sendra

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