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Songs For The Jet Set, Volume 2 (Jetset Records)

By: Gary "Pig" Gold

That deliciously hideous "Lounge Revival" [sic?!!] now showing every sign of persisting well into the second millennium, Jetset Records have duly compiled and issued forth another collection of music with which to, in their own horrifically apt words, "make the world safe for three button suits and pale pink lipstick."

True enough, many of the brilliantly cinematic selections herein (especially those by the Hollywood-friendly Wallpaper combo) are without a doubt wholly Austin Power-worthy, such are their blindingly day-glo, widely stereophonic sheen. Similarly, there's enough shakin' -- as opposed to merely stirred -- bossa-neaveaux throughout to score each and every girl from here to Ipanema (a tip of the sombrero in particular to Tomorrow's World and Kim & Co.'s contributions in this department). Why, there's even an utterly inspired rendition of Nelson Riddle's soft-corn classic "Lolita Ya-Ya" for your apres-ski pleasures.

However, lest things get too terribly retrochic, Death By Chocolate's kinder-comic "Zap The World" comes off more like Doors-on-helium than any of those Teletubbies have yet dared to, while Loveletter's shockingly apt Monkees cover, "Forget That Girl," is actually damn near respectful --despite its over-abundance of tactful (yet far from tacky) heavy breathing.

All in all then, these here "Songs For The Jetset," like its also highly recommended companion volumes, verily -- and happily -- defy instant, easy categorization. So I'm not even gonna attempt to pigeonhole this particular delight, allright? Instead, I simply urge you to sample it, quickly, for yourself --that is, right after cocktails are served of course.

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