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Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Bright & Dark (2009)
The Roches (attenuated, but closest I can think of). (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Principally own, a few quasi-covers
The music styles are somewhat eclectic, ranging from a cappella to overdone brass accompaniment. Some of the lyrics have a certain off-center sensibility that is marginally reminiscent of The Roches; others harken back to the girl group genre of the early Sixties. In the end, you may or may not find this album appealing; but in the aggregate, I think it's worth listening to, at least to determine which side of the fence you're on. (email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
1991—The Man From B.E.T.T.Y. (U.S.)—705 1 2
Amy Ziff—vocals/cello/keyboard/ssnakesophone [sic]
Some may term this album an acquired taste, and they're probably right. Be that as it may, it's interestingly different any way you cut it. It often sounds like the cast album for a stage revue; it does, undoubtedly, closely parallel the usual content of their stage act. Reportedly, the latter is quite shtick-laden, and this comes through on the recording. To a great degree (particularly on side 1), it seems like a concept album on the general theme of relationships. Most of the material is quite original :-), but they do throw in semi-covers of such disparate items as Barbara Streisand's "People," the theme from Petticoat Junction, and Patti Page's "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?," as well as a rip-off of the plot of "Little Red Riding Hood." (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alyson Palmer—vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, drum programming
This album is fun. It has 11 new songs (one a cappella), 2 covers, a remix of the title track, and a multimedia component that has videos and interviews and other stuff. I like their harmonies a lot. It's not terribly deep stuff, but it's not quite fluff either. Happy, poppy, feel-good, danceable music. Intelligent ear candy. (JoAnn Whetsell)
Alyson Palmer—bass, vocals
Tony Salvatore—acoustic guitar
BETTY, Dave Cook
The Betty album is quite different from all their previous work. It's not a step back toward their cabaret style, but a move toward heavy guitar rock! Their trademark harmonies and humor is intact, but the music is quite a bit different with lots of distorted, electric guitar. And a terrific ditty called "Naughty Nadia" featuring voice and cello. It took me a bit to get used to the jarring change of musical style, but it has grown on me quite a bit. (email@example.com)
Official BETTY fan club, Box 339, Cooper Station, NY, NY 10276-0339, U.S.A.
Thanks to Barbara Hart, Mitch Pravatiner, and JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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