Album review

Molotov Cocktail

Imagine if the Cheeky Girls were as good as retro-kitsch archivists will probably one day pretend they are. 200 km/h In The Wrong Lane is that sort of record. The two lead singles off this fantastic piece of pop product—"Not Gonna Get Us" and "All The Things She Said"—are produced by Trevor Horn. Suffice to say they represent the latter's finest work since Grace Jones'"Slave To The Rhythm" in 1985. Despairing, frantic and caressing are the twin vocals of latest tabloid shock sensations Lena Katina and Julia Volkova; one soft, the other strident. The whole thing is, quite literally, Dollar meets Propaganda. The stroke of genius comes with the girls' brilliant, unexpected reworking of The Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?", magnifying the original's despair into a floodlit arena of uncertainty.

Rating: 4 / 10


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