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Review: Chico Chica - Mélangerie
Album Cover - Mélangerie
 Artist: Chico Chica
 Album: Mélangerie
 Date of Release: 2011/10
 Label: Pvt.
 Cat. No.:  
 Country of Release: UK
 Genre/s: Popular, Jazz

 Sub-Genre/s: Pop-Jazz, Latin Pop
 Type: Studio
   Time: 29:35
   Date of Review: 2012/08/08
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Released in October 2011, Mélangerie is Chico Chica's debut album. Chico Chica are a trio consisting of Hilary Cameron, vocals, piano, and flute; Tom Hannah, vocals, guitar; and Barbara Snow, vocals, trumpet, and flugelhorn.

An excellent trio, if perhaps a somewhat unusual one. However, Chico Chica sound exceedingly good together, and the combination works beautifully. The musicianship is superb all round. Snow's flugel and trumpet stand out particularly. They are supplemented by Ruth Bitelli, electric bass, Les Cirkel, drums & percussion, Roy Dodds, drums & percussion, and Andy Lafone, electric bass.

Latin flavoured pop-jazz is perhaps the easiest way to describe Chico Chica's music. All eight songs are originals, one of them additionally credited to Andy Lafone. The compositions are pleasant and it would be hard to find fault with them. However, the brevity of Mélangerie at just shy of half an hour might be a point of contention in the age of the CD and digital download. Just one or two more songs would have been more satisfying.

The lyrics are mostly in English, one mixed, with one song in French and another in Spanish. The music presented on Mélangerie is catchy, cool, and highly enjoyable. Nothing too heavyweight, just the perfect album to chill with and keep the foot tapping. I found this album very likeable on first listen, and the more I hear it the more I like it! At the moment, immensely so.

Not only remarkably consistent, especially so for a debut album, but thoroughly compelling, Mélangerie is an album you can and will want to listen to again. It has its own kind of charm and beauty and is a very polished effort for a debut. There is something about this music that quickly turns out to be infectious.

Chico Chica's Mélangerie is a highly enjoyable listen that no-one even remotely into Latin sounds will want to miss out on. Chill with Mélangerie!

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Track List:

 1. C'est Ta Chanson - 3:06
 2. Harder to Hide - 2:43
 3. An Unfamiliar World - 3:05
 4. Isla Soñada - 4:38
 5. My Beating Heart - 3:52
 6. Something Fluffy - 3:38
 7. Cats Go Out to Kill - 4:40
 8. This Room - 3:46

All songs Chico Chica excl. 4 - Cameron / Hannah / Snow / Lafone

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Hilary Cameron - vocals, piano, flute
Tom Hannah - vocals, guitar
Barbara Snow - vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn

Additional Musicians:
Ruth Bitelli - electric bass
Les Cirkel - drums, percussion
Roy Dodds - drums, percussion
Andy Lafone - electric bass


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Mélangerie can be purchased from:


Amazon UK


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