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Hermine \ Lonely At The Top bis [LTMCD 2476]

The second album from Hermine, originally released on Salome Disque in 1984, and now expanded with 7 bonus tracks recorded live in Germany in November 1982. The perfect companion disc to The World On My Plates, this CD and download has also been digitally remastered from the original tapes, and features a detailed artist biography and images in the booklet. The bonus cuts represent a complete live performance and include several tracks not recorded in the studio by Hermine, including her witty interpretation of Is That All There Is?

Tracklist:

1. The Story of a Ridiculous Dummy
2. Une Autre Soir d'Ennui
3. Don't Smoke In Bed
4. Noir Noir Noir
5. Sleepy Feeling
6. Death of Samantha
7. La Valse de 99 Ans
8. That's the Way It Goes
9. Hollow Hello
10. Anything
11. Foxes Will (live)
12. Don't Get Around Much Anymore (live)
13. Is That All There Is? (live)
14. Noir Noir Noir (live)
15. Cry Me a River (live)
16. Tonight You Sleep in the Bathtub (live)
17. The Thrill Is Gone (live)
18. La Valse de 99 Ans (live)

Available on CD and download.

Lonely At The Top bis [LTMCD 2476]

Reviews:

"An idiosyncratic mixture of cod-Brechtian dramatics, folk song and self-consciously arty rock, wrought from a small, exotic orchestra, including bassoon, cello, accordion and glockenspiel, and delivered in a heavily mannered accent. The French no doubt have a word for 'mixed bag' and Hermine Demoriane would know it well" (The Guardian)

"A clutch of material ranging from deranged covers of Yoko Ono and Neil Sedaka numbers to originals, it confirms Hermine as the Helen Shapiro/Dionne Warwick of the offbeat 80s - the MOR 'chick singer' shifted dramatically out of focus" (City Limits)

"The originals are somewhat difficult for me to describe, lying in form and style somewhat beyond that to which I am accustomed. Her voice, a mixture of Edith Piaf, Cindy Lauper and Ophelia in her last days, intones lyrics that range from the silly to the confused, while her entourage deliver a perculiar imitation of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. However, everything comes together on the cover versions. These seem to provide both a focus and a framework for the group's energies and the result is amazingly original, enthusiastic, intelligent and enjoyable" (Earwax)

"Hermine pays no attention to her backing band when she sings live: it is up to them to follow her free interpretation of time" (Times Literary Supplement 01/2007)