12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deni Bonet is best known for her classically trained violin, which has added an energetic, near-punkish boost to songs by Robyn Hitchcock, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M., and Sarah McLachlan. The favor is returned here as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, B-52's vocalist Fred Schneider, and ex-Wings drummer Steve Holley bring their talents to a festive free-for-all. Schneider in particular sounds perfectly in character for the goofy tween-pop of "Girl Party." "Cynical Girl" isn't the Marshall Crenshaw pop nugget but another '60s-influenced tune that's paying Crenshaw back tongue in cheek. The whole album hinges on Bonet's charming angst and deliberate immaturity. She's not going for autobiography here, but pure lightweight guitar (and violin) pop. "One in a Million" reflects a teenage girl in her bedroom, not a seasoned world traveller and esteemed musical accompanist to the stars. The sound is thin in spots, but the spirit is strong and willing. The only misstep is the turtle-paced Eastern European cover of The Beatles' "Please Please Me," which misses Bonet's mischievous pop sense.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deni Bonet is best known for her classically trained violin, which has added an energetic, near-punkish boost to songs by Robyn Hitchcock, Cyndi Lauper, R.E.M., and Sarah McLachlan. The favor is returned here as R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, B-52's vocalist Fred Schneider, and ex-Wings drummer Steve Holley bring their talents to a festive free-for-all. Schneider in particular sounds perfectly in character for the goofy tween-pop of "Girl Party." "Cynical Girl" isn't the Marshall Crenshaw pop nugget but another '60s-influenced tune that's paying Crenshaw back tongue in cheek. The whole album hinges on Bonet's charming angst and deliberate immaturity. She's not going for autobiography here, but pure lightweight guitar (and violin) pop. "One in a Million" reflects a teenage girl in her bedroom, not a seasoned world traveller and esteemed musical accompanist to the stars. The sound is thin in spots, but the spirit is strong and willing. The only misstep is the turtle-paced Eastern European cover of The Beatles' "Please Please Me," which misses Bonet's mischievous pop sense.

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