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The Savage Rose

  • Your Daily Gift [Gregar, 1970] C+
  • Refugee [Gregar, 1971] B

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Your Daily Gift [Gregar, 1970]
Also known as the Copenhagen Rhythm and Blues Ensemble, this band has a knack for combining funky riffs with persistent melodies (borrowed from where, this ignorant American wonders). But though Annisette's multi-octave Lolita voice is certainly distinctive, I find her about as sexy as Yma Sumac, and as long as she sings Anders Koppel's lyrics she won't be any font of wisdom either. Last straw: a desultory eight-minute instrumental called "Tapiola." C+

Refugee [Gregar, 1971]
Fast tempos, soul piano, and (I bet) Jimmy Miller's production do wonders for Anisette's come-on, and the lyrics prove that getting laid is a universal language. Death, too. B