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Lily Frost

Ciné-Magique

(Aporia Records; US: Available as import; UK: Unavailable; Canada release date: 19 Sep 2006)

Ciné-Magique, the fourth album from Canadian alt-pop singer-songwriter Lily Frost, is an addictive delight. Much like the 1960s French pop chanteuses she admires, Frost’s precise soprano is both playfully sexy and adorably cute. While that country’s compositional style also flavors her recordings (especially the French-sung “Je Reviendrai”), other influences are at work here as well. Her Chilean husband, Jose Miguel Contreras, produced the record and played many of the instruments, imbuing the song with the accents of his Spanish heritage (“Raise the Veil”) and, curiously, something of a Spaghetti Western touch, as well (“Seasons’ Song”). Mostly, though, the disc has the feel of ‘60s girl pop (“The Priscillas’ Song”) mixed with early 20th century show tune writing (“So in Love” is a Cole Porter cover, while the Frost/Contreras original “Enchantment” is merely indebted to that era), all filtered through a modern indie framework (the dark and rumbling “Pacha Mama”). Ciné-Magique is a fun and very inviting album. Checking out her MySpace page, one gets the feeling that all her “friends” (i.e., fans) might actually be, you know, friends. Hopefully, with this winning album, Lily Frost will be making the acquaintance of a great many more.

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Michael Keefe is a freelance music journalist, an independent bookstore publicist, and a singer/guitarist/songwriter in a band. Raised on a record collection of The Beatles, Coltrane, Mozart, and Ravi Shankar, Michael has been a slave to music his whole life. At age 16, he got a drum set and a job at a record store, and he's been playing and peddling music ever since. Today, he lives in Oregon with his wife (also a writer, but not about music), two cats, and a whole lot of instruments and CDs.


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