Bizarre Love Triangle
The album Bizarre Love Triangle by Charlotte Summer released in August of 2004 has been described as 'if Blondie collaborated with New Order/Joy Division.' Charlotte Summer blends electronic dance beats with poppy hooks and dark moods. She blends electric guitars, bass, drums and synths to create a sound that has been described as 'some badass electronic music' by one reviewer and 'truly amazing' from another. Her vocals have been described as 'sexy and serious, fun loving and yet sometimes mysterious.' Also, 'having a very unique tone and a great melodic voice.' The overall sound has been described as Electro PopRock. As one reviewer said, 'This definitely brings to mind early female fronted new wave groups. Yet, the electronics added a great dimension to the Rock!' Other people who contributed to this album are Claudio Tinnirello (production and engineering), Marco Zermeno (bass) and William Masback (guitar). Charlotte Summer is also known as Charlotte Woods. One CD Baby Reviewer describes the Album: 'Bizarre Love Triangle' is the debut CD by Charlotte Summer. Packed with rock attitude and electro beats, this album gives Garbage and Republica a run for their money. Charlotte Summer does for redheads what Debbie Harry did for blondes... The album opens with 'Cage', a song with barbed lyrics about repressive religions and a sound that reminds me of the classic '1979' by Smashing Pumpkins. Up next is the hypnotic 'Dreams', a catchy piano riff that builds to an anthem-like chorus, hiding shades of 80's pop within it. 'Without Me' is my favorite. It starts with a fantastic intro that builds into a feel-good, sing-along chorus. It's as if Human League's 'Don't You Want Me' married Outkast's 'Hey Ya!' and had this illegitimate offspring. The moody 'Guilty' is next, summoning up the spectres of Sisters Of Mercy and This Mortal Coil. Beautiful and broody. 'Short Time' ticks the album back into higher gear and delivers a fine sentiment in it's 'live for today' lyrics. I've always loved The Cure's 'Just Like Heaven' but Charlotte Summer's version takes the song into an electro direction that Robert himself would probably be found dancing to! It's as if The Dandy Warhols and Ladytron met and fell in love. Great! 'Wasted' brings the rock back, full of distorted guitars and pounding drums. Fans of Industrial and Alternative music will love 'Get Down', a dance floor shaking track that wonderfully merges crashing guitars, pumping bass, electro drums and a raunchy vocal. The closing track 'Psycho' is a beautifully barren torch song with conscientious lyrics and powerful delivery. The bonus remix of 'Without Me' ends the album on an upbeat note. This version adds club beats to an already catchy song and leaves me wanting to go back to the start of the CD and hit play again. An excellent album! Charlotte Summer has also been compared to the likes of Shirley Manson, and to other diverse comparisons such as Echo and the Bunnymen, Joan Jett, INXS, Cher, Goldfrapp, Courtney Love, Joy Division and The Faint. The music is original and draws from many influences and genres, which makes it such an interesting and wonderful album.