If you’ve heard classic jazz/full band pieces from the 20th century, you will find this album quite reminiscent of the era. Every violin, cello, horn, drum, etc. at the very least sounds like it was played by a human, an impressive feat in this age of virtual instrumentation. A large portion of the album’s vocals are in French, adding spice to the mostly simplistic lyricism throughout. Another feature that makes Hotel Amour special is the very sudden, likely intentional shifts in tone. For example, one of the saddest songs on the album, Sans toi, is immediately followed by Mausi, Süß Warst du Heute Nacht, a playful swing piece with back and forth banter between Meow Meow and featured artist Barry Humphries. This album is worth a listen if you’re looking for a polished version of the classic vintage sound of the last century.
Label: Heinz Records
Start w/: 1,2,4,6,8
RIYL: Billie Holiday, Laura Fygi, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra