13 Songs, 46 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings
17 folkie

In-depth Review!

I love SPG, but I was a bit critical of their recent studio album "The Vice Quadrant". So, I was interested to see what this release would sound like. I've listened to this new record several times already, and here are my initial thoughts:
Overall, this is a great album, especially for new fans, since it reintroduces some of their old material, as well as some new songs. I really love the more acoustic tracks featured on this release, as they allow SPG to showcase their harmonies.
Of the remakes, "Automatonic Electronic Harmonics" is my favorite since it is the most different from the original recording and is, in general, very well done. "Clockwork Vaudeville" is also great (although I sort of miss the verse they cut out). "Electricity is in My Soul" is one of the highest quality tracks on the album, but it's really not much different than the original recording (except, of course, Hatchworth is now singing).
Of the new songs, "Star Scrap" is a standout. It is definitely a throwback to a bygone era and Bunny nailed the sultry female vocals. "The Stars" is my second favorite new song.
However, I do have some constructive criticisms to offer. My main critique is that some of the vocals were a bit messy. Not necessarily pitch-wise, but there were some weird breathing/mouth/lip noises that were a bit distracting and could have been edited out. Maybe different vocal takes should have been used in some circumstances. Now I know this is incredibly subjective, but I personally do not like the song "Prepare for Boarding". I just don't think it has a very good melody and it's really the only track on this album I find difficult to listen to. I also don't think the remakes of "Honeybee" or "Brass Goggles" were any better than versions on previous releases, although they do offer the hardcore SPG fans a new perspective.
All in all, I recommend this album, but the 2 Cent Show is still my favorite, followed by Album One and then MKIII. Enjoy!

Ciel Chauncey

I can't even describe how I feel about this album

This was beautifully done. The redone songs really capture the new sound of the band. Of the redone songs, "Automatonic Electronic Harmonics" is the most unique, and therefore the best of them. "On Top Of The Universe" was also well done. Of the new songs, Starscrap is really the most unique. Isabella really nailed the heartthrob feminine notes. I also really liked the song "The Stars". I found Samuel Luke's little monologue incredibly humorous. I thoroughly enjoy the new sounds coming from this band. They will only improve as time goes on, and I can't wait to see more of them!



I bought a physical copy of this album but I just had to buy it again because it's wonderful. The redone songs along with the new ones really show what Steam Powered Giraffe is all about; awesome harmonies and fantastically creative works of art.

About Steam Powered Giraffe

Steam Powered Giraffe are a theatrical steampunk ensemble from San Diego, California. Formed by identical twins David and Isabella "Bunny" Bennett, they incorporate a variety of elements into their act including songs, sketches, pantomime, and improvised dialogue, all based around an elaborate and ever-evolving fictional backstory. Their story began in the theater arts program at Grossmont College where the Bennetts met Erin Burke and Jon Sprague. The quartet began developing their stage personas as quirky, robotic street performers called Peoplebots in early 2008. Eventually adopting the name Steam Powered Giraffe, they introduced the Victorian-era robot characters that would populate their music and stage show, beginning with 2009's Album One. Playing a sort of story-driven vaudevillian folk-pop, the album introduced The Spine (David Bennett) on vocals, guitar, and bass, Rabbit (Bunny Bennett) on vocals, accordion, and keys, The Jon (Sprague) on vocals, guitar, bass, and drums, and Upgrade (Burke) on vocals and tambourine. They toured both theatrical and musical venues and became popular in the steampunk community, playing Sci Fi, Fantasy, and steampunk conventions, and in late 2011 they released their first live album, Live at the Globe of Yesterday's Tomorrow. Prior to the album's release, Burke had left the band citing personal reasons. The second studio album, The 2¢ Show, was released in 2012 and Sprague left the group shortly after. His character was replaced by the group's touring drummer, Samuel Luke, who assumed the robot persona of Hatchworth. A cover of Rihanna's "Diamonds" was released as a single in 2013, followed by their third album, MK III, at the end of the year. In early 2014, Bunny Bennett began began to transition her Rabbit persona from male to female to reflect her personal transformation to a trans woman. The character's shift was explained in their backstory which involves her robot's invention in 1896 by a noted San Diego inventor character named Colonel Peter A. Walter. 2014 also saw the release of DVD & concert album from 2013 called Live at the Robotics Expo. Their fourth studio album, a proposed sci-fi/space concept album to be titled Vice Quadrant, was expected in 2015.

San Diego, CA



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