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  Thorny Devil by Kristin Shout and Smoking Kitten

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Artist: Kristin Shout and Smoking Kitten
Title: Thorny Devil
Catalogue Number: Gypsy Chick Records
Review Format: CD
Release Year: 2006

Eclectic. A curious mix of Americana and cabaret - there is even a track sung in French. That was our first impressions of the music of Kristin Shout and Smoking Kitten. Initially drawn to this CD by the presence (on backing vocals) of BluesBunny favourite Melissa Ziemer, we were pleasantly surprised by the lyrically adept Ms Shout who brings us the soundtrack to the kind of dark, twisted world that you might find in a David Lynch movie. Revel also in some quality musicianship from her band Smoking Kitten. Yet again, independent music proves itself far more interesting and challenging than the multinational supermarket products.

Definitely not cute and sugary, this one will grow on you. Open your ears and listen.
Review Date: June 21 2007