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The Pipettes - We Are The Pipettes

The Pipettes, We Are The Pipettes

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

THE Pipettes claim to be delivering a glorious, Technicolour knee to pop’s groin. Certainly, while listening to the 14 tracks on excellent debut album We Are The Pipettes, they succeed in re-inventing the girl-power formula in a way that leaves the likes of The Spice Girls trailing in their wake.

Musically, the band reference past classics such as The Shangri-La’s, The Crystals and The Shirelles, evoking images of Grease-era boys and girls bopping along to effortlessly upbeat, sing-along melodies.

Some of the guitar licks come right out of the 60s era, while the clap-happy beats are made for dancing along to with the utmost enthusiasm.

But lyrically, the girls are very contemporary, tackling everything from teen idenity to girl power, love and failed relationships.

Take the bittersweet Judy as evidence of their ability to marry bittersweet lyrics with the most effervescent melodies. Musically, it’s a joyride but the chorus is built around the lyrics, “Judy, what are you going to do when you’re older and no one wants to know you”.

The defiant Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me is another little firecracker, a sparkling anthem that is built around sharp, stop-start guitar licks and another hip-swinging percussion. The vocal melodies the girls lay down are also completely seductive – sweet, yet with a kick.

Because It’s Not Love (But It’s Still A Feeling) opens with a guitar style that sounds like it might go into Under The Boardwalk before waltzing into an epic tale of nights out dancing, complete with a rallying call for independence.

Sex is another darkly humorous cautionary tale about a male seducer who would prefer to have sex than talk (“just rest your pretty head”) that’s delivered amidst the sort of sunshine harmonies that would make the Beach Boys smile.

While One Night Stand is another gutsy tale of kinky love with a sting in its tale (in this case, the man is left with no clothes). It’s delivered with a happy go-lucky “sha la la” vibe but it’s clear that the girls wear the trousers and will make you blush if they need to!

Throughout the remainder of the album the mix is the same – playful, adult lyrics that lend some extra weight to the breezy melodies. It’s great fun but it has plenty of meaning. If only all girl band albums could be this forward-thinking while delivering a gloriously retro blast.

When The Pipettes sing “what do you do when the music stops” on former single, Pull Shapes, the simple answer is, ‘press play and listen to it all over again’.

Did we also mention that they are, by their own admission, “the prettiest girls you’ll ever meet”?

It’s an album to drool over.

Track listing:

  1. We Are The Pipettes
  2. Pull Shapes
  3. Why Did You Stay
  4. Dirty Mind
  5. It Hurts To See You Dance So Well
  6. Judy
  7. Winters Sky
  8. Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me
  9. Tell Me What You Want
  10. Because It’s Not Love (But It’s Still A Feeling)
  11. Sex
  12. One Night Stand
  13. ABC
  14. I Love You