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Pizzicato 5 | Playboys & Playgirls (Matador)
The prolific Pizzicato 5 cleverly blend their recent sample-heavy edges with the smoother lounge-core of the Sister Freedom Tapes and, brass and strings to the fore, take on John Barry's Bond aesthetic. Infectious in any language, and with a faux-naivete equal to a decade's Eurovision entries, the wide-eyed Five's signature overwrites any reference points (the hippy harpsichord of Concerto, the Teena Marie disco-lite of Such a Beautiful Girl Like You, the title track's acid jazz groove) with a flourish. Shouldn't I be wearing a tux?

Matt Dornan
CWAS #4 - Winter 1998/9 - The Lost Issue