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Album Review

It's quite appropriate that Norwegian four-piece girl group Katzenjammer are named after a comic strip popular in the early- to mid-20th century, as their highly eclectic sound feels both slightly cartoonish and unashamedly stuck in a postwar cabaret time warp. Their second album, A Kiss Before You Go, continues where 2008 debut Le Pop left off, blending their impressive multi-instrumental skills with an array of old-school sounds, from the gentle melancholic waltz of "Lady Marlene," to the sinister vaudeville of "Soviet Trumpeter," to the ukulele-led doo wop of "Cherry Pie." Their kitsch punk tendencies occasionally come to the forefront, as on the theatrical Adam Ant-esque "Loathsome M" and the yelping pirate-like ditty "Gypsy Flee" (featuring a cameo from Dweezil Zappa), but while their sense of fun is infectious, it's the less chaotic moments that prove there's more to them than the "look at us, aren't we wacky" exterior. Recorded live in a church, "God's Great Dust Storm" is a gorgeous a cappella gospel ballad that showcases their wondrous four-part harmonies, although from the powerful soulful vocals on the 1920s-style reworking of Genesis' "Land of Confusion," it appears to be Marianne Sveen who's the star of the show; "I Will Dance (When I Walk Away)" is an early Dixie Chicks-style blend of shuffling percussion, twinkling glockenspiels, and stirring acoustic hooks that provides the album's only real radio-friendly offering; while "Rock Paper Scissors" is an enchanting slice of Baltic-tinged folk-pop, co-written by Nashville singer/songwriter Robert Ellis Orrall. A Kiss Before You Go has its fingers in so many pies that it's unlikely to be appreciated entirely by many, but listened to in small portions, it's difficult not to be enamored by its inventiveness and inherent avant-garde charm. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Another Katzenjammer Classic....

At last it's here the long awaited new album 'A kiss Before You Go' This is a brilliant album and every track is great. My personal favourite 'Land of Confusion' which has been doing the rounds on You Tube is also included - fantastic. Brilliant work Girls. Yet another fantastic album.


Excellent. I haven't enjoyed an album this much for a long time.

A Kiss Before You Go

This album is just wonderful!
Such a fresh young take on some great instruments. Very eclectic.
Reminds me of a new 'The Men They Couldn't Hang' but with more variety.
I play Tenor Banjo (1930's Jazz)so it's great to see it in some young music.
Well Done!
I'm off to buy Le Pop now :-)


Formed: 2005 in Oslo, Norway

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

An all-female Norwegian quartet whose musical style is rooted in both pop/rock and country-folk, Katzenjammer made their full-length debut in 2008 with Le Pop, an album that was both critically and commercially successful. Founded in 2005 in Oslo, Norway, the quartet is comprised of multi-instrumentalists Turid Jørgensen, Solveig Heilo, Marianne Sveen, and Anne Marit Bergheim, who between them play accordion, mandolin, guitar, piano, balalaika bass, glockenspiel, trumpet, kazoo, melodica, banjo,...
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