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Boomkat Product Review:
For their third album, Bianca and Sierra Cassidy have started to abandon the dusty old tape recorders they used for their first recorded works in favour of uncharacteristically hi-fi electronic productions. The album begins almost unrecognisably as a Cocorosie record with 'Rainbowarriors', a brew of hip hop 'tronics that leads into 'Promise', in which Bianca lays down a half-rapped vocal - in fact, Bianca sounds markedly different on this record. Previous albums have provided ample evidence that her voice is far better than the Bjork imitation she churns out on 'Japan', for instance, which is rescued by some comically flamboyant operatics from her sister and a hilarious Muppet-style vocal arrangement at the choruses. 'Sunshine' sees a return to former glories, as Sierra intones a muffled lullaby over the sparest of electric piano motifs. Next up, 'Black Poppies' continues the welcome revival of their old sound, heralded by the use of those signature barnyard sound generator toys of old. The album's second half brings proceedings to a close on a real high with a run of excellent tracks, like the elegiac-sounding 'Houses' (with superb vocal and piano performances from Sierra) and the harp and laptop beats cocktail that is 'Raphael'. Though initially a bit of a shock to the system, in this latest freakshow carnival of a record Cocorosie have delivered a necessary progression from the sound that characterised their former glories, one which finds them in a weird aural dreamscape, the like of which you're unlikely to hear from anyone else. Highly recommended.