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Editors’ Notes

What Pink Martini seems most passionate about is its unique musical vision, drawn from international sources and rooted in a sort of ‘70s-era naïvete. Here PM’s guiding spirits Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes combine Latin dance tunes (“Ohayoo Ohio”), Italian pop ditties (“Tuca tuca”) and French cabaret numbers (“Ou Est Ma Tete?”) into a tasty soufflé, light yet substantial. They do equally well with American idioms, dipping into Adult Contemporary sounds from the Nixon Years for the title song and invoking the heyday of Tin Pan Alley with “Over the Valley.” The guest vocalists range from NPR correspondent Ari Shapiro on the droll “But Now I’m Back” to nonagenarian ranchera singer Chavela Vargas on the mournful “Piensa en Mi.” Pink Martini wrestles with cuteness and wins on a multilingual rendition of Joe Riposo’s “Sing” (performed with Sesame Street’s Emilio Delgado). All told, this album is a thoroughly appealing creation, a toast to retro pleasures offered with relish and a smile.

Customer Reviews

Another Delightful Album

Not many groups can produce four albums and have each one continuously touch their listeners. In all honesty, Splendor in the Grass is the kind of album that makes me feel like the world is alright and things will work out.


Wow. Just... Wow. If you've never heard them, you have to give them a try. If you know them, you know what I'm talking about. Pink Martini is an extremely talented group out of Portland, Oregon that infuses different styles from all over the globe. This album picks up where Hey, Eugene! left off; bringing a little more fun and a slightly 'lighter' style than the first two albums. Their sound is unique among today's music, reflecting more of a 40's or 50's lounge act, but they never sound stale. Despite the high bar I've set for them, this album delivers, as all of their previous work has.

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I've come to expect delightful music from this band and the new album does not disappoint. It whisks me away to life that I wished I was living -- cosmopolitan, fun, but never stuffy or exclusive. It's international fun. What in the world can be wrong with that? Over The Valley is another immediate classic, the kind of song you're sure was written sixty years ago for a musical that has been unjustly forgotten. Another triumph for Pink Martini!


Formed: 1994 in Portland, OR

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The eclectic, acoustic-oriented sounds of Pink Martini have never been easy to categorize, but that hasn't prevented the Portland, Oregon-based band from acquiring a loyal, enthusiastic cult following. Some reviewers have considered Pink Martini to be a product of the neo-swing trend of the 1990s and have compared them to bands like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies; however, Pink Martini have a much broader range of influences. And while most of the neo-swing...
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