What Goes On
Cellar Live CL 013015
Answering the musical question, what happens when you take a singer with a background in musical theatre and a flair for the dramatic and let her cover the Dutch psychedelic band Shocking Blue, a Cole Porter song from 1953 and Radiohead’s Karma Police while producing her with a band that includes a ukulele, a clarinet and a saw? The answer is this, which she describes as indie, jazzy, poppy, French and English. It is certainly all of that and somehow also just her. It’s fun, but it’s not frivolous. Serious fun.
This is her second full length release and three of the tracks are available to listen to on her website along with two earlier releases and the full interview portion of a CBC Hot Air segment she did with Margaret Gallagher. There are also six of her performances posted to You Tube including two songs that appear on this CD. The lead track, I Want to be Evil was first recorded by Eartha Kitt for a 10” LP in 1953. Later RCA reissued it on a 12” vinyl album called “That Bad Eartha” and it was a signature song for the rest of her career. Superstein’s artifice is to treat the song as aspirational from an innocent point of view.
She is on tour in BC in Alberta this fall. There is a full itinerary on her website. And pay attention to the furry creature on the
inside of the CD sleeve. It might not be what you first think it is. We asked her about it and she said, “The photo is meant to look “normal” at first glance. The viewer might not even realize it’s there at first. But when you look a little closer you realize it’s a ….. (deletion ours). And that’s kind of different, not something you’d expect. I think the record is like that in many ways. It’s not your typical jazz record. It’s unexpected. In all the good ways, I hope.”
~ R. Doull