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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

“Pink Mar­tini are mu­si­cal am­bas­sadors who strive to cre­ate a world of good­ness, beauty and ro­mance, a cross be­tween a 1940s Hol­ly­wood mu­si­cal and the United Na­tions as it was ini­tially con­ceived.” So goes the press re­lease ac­com­pa­ny­ing the third album by this de­li­ciously odd­ball out­fit from Port­land, Ore­gon, and it’s as good a de­scrip­tion as any. They clearly have poly­glot ten­den­cies be­cause there are no lan­guage bar­ri­ers – Ja­panese pop nes­tles hap­pily against Egyp­tian cov­ers, clas­sic Hol­ly­wood ro­mance, Span­ish love songs and even the oc­ca­sional English-speak­ing tune. Leg­endary jazz singer Jimmy Scott turns in a gor­geous duet with lead singer China Forbes on the un­likely Tea for Two, and the ti­tle track is clas­sic New York cool. It’s lounge, it’s roots, it’s world, but most of all it’s a sun­shine plea­sure. www.pinkmar­

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