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Sing For Your Lives by Vagabond Opera
Released: Sep 2011
Label: Vagabond Opera Records
As one might expect from Vagabond Opera's name and album cover, Sing is crammed with vaudevillian whimsy, steampunk style and romantically reworked imagery of traveling circuses and gypsy bands. Klezmer clarinets and wheezing accordions waltz at three-penny operas, operatic warbling backs up lyrics about zeppelins and a would-be hirsute lady longs for a "Beard and Moustache." If Beirut and Kurt Weill were on the same family tree, Vagabond would be their overly dramatic cousin. It would be a lot of whimsy to swallow, actually, were these Vagabonds not so charming and careful in their craft.
Rachel Devitt
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