VARGAS AND THE BLACK DAHLIAS -
THE TEASE... THE TORCH & THE NOIR / MY SHADOW BRIDE
a complete unique area - at least in modern music terms - Jimmy
Vargas and the Black Dahlias are a welcome schmoozefest of off-kilter
conceptual jazz noir for the striptease cocktail lounge , produced
with such love and authentic decadence that only a fool would
fail to be entranced.
The Tease... the Torch and The Noir opens up with the magnificent
Tallulah's Boudoir, a glorious paean to the glories of
the 1940's burlesque club, and the album continues with its smooth
soundtrack-style torch songs and finger-clicking jazz tunes, devoted
to such sinful subjects as High Heels, Black Stockings,
Strip Tease in Noir and House of Fetish. With Vargas
adding just the right amount of discordia to his silky smooth
vocals, matching the unsettlingly sexy music, the album goes down
as smoothly as Sebor absinth and lingers in the mind just as seductively.
There are moments which take me back to Twin Peaks' Red
Room, while other tunes cry out for bumping, grinding burlesk
My Shadow Bride continues with the theme of film noir exotica,
conjuring up images of femme fatales, down-at-heel private dicks
and semi-naked girls dancing in an illicit speakeasy while the
band play the soundtrack to your last drink. Numbers like A
Stripper's Rhapsody and Nude on a Swing threaten to
spiral out of control as the burst with ideas, yet Vargas and
his band bring it all under control impressively.
Admirers of jazz noir with a side helping of sleaze will need
no further recommendation, Check 'em out!
more information visit www.jimmyvargas.com
MY SHADOW BRIDE