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Easy Love

Louie Austen

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Album Review

One of the more bizarre Kitty Yo acts, time-traveling 56-year-old crooner Louie Austen beams back into Patrick Pulsinger's studio for Easy Love, a third album of music to watch girls by. Much like how this Vegas barfly no doubt takes his bourbon, there are no half measures here, with the combination of sickly sweet vocal delivery and cheeky electronics certain to incite either a love or hate reaction in the listener. Broadly speaking, it is when Pulsinger and Mario Neugebauer make an effort that Austen truly has a chance to soar. The stuttering percussion and swirling arrangements that envelope "Danger," the tongue-in-cheek bossa melancholy of "Drowning," and even "Pain"'s strung-out shuffle — all find the equilibrium between Rat Pack charm and dance-music savvy. Conversely, the album only falters when it works more straightforward dancefloor tracks, which, though they may be well-suited as singles, stand out as sore thumbs of insincerity on an otherwise fine album of sounds for the postmodern lounge lizard.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Releasing his first album well into his fifties, crooner Louie Austen became an unlikely fixture on the Austrian dance scene thanks to his unique fusion of jazz-pop and electronica. Born Alois Luef in Vienna in 1946, the classically trained singer performed on stages in L.A. and New York in the 1970s before taking a residency at the Cascade Bar in his hometown. A chance meeting in the late '90s with an experimental producer led to a collaboration that combined his Dean Martin-esque vocals with modern...
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