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    Tiger Lillies, The – “Shockheaded Peter: a Junk Opera” – [NVC Arts]


    Broad comedy without the broads, well apologies to the
    anatomically correct Tamzin Griffin. The shrill trilling
    of Martyn Jacques is strongly featured here to remind
    you of the tone-deaf charwoman who doubled as your wet
    nurse from your long-lost British childhood. In small
    doses, the whimsy and whinny may work better (blessed
    be the brevity of radio) for some. Surely others may sup
    this up like sweetened cod liver oil, from the first sip
    through the verbal slips and the snip, snips of Conrad.
    Strongly recommended if Graham Chapman were yer favorite
    Python. Penguin on the Telly, nudge nudge wink wink…
    the music is often a two chord vamp, With the accordion
    waltzing about through the playground garden with its
    toy flowers and toy pianos and of course the many graves
    of naughty little boys. Well the fairer sex does get
    one turn in the cabaret dunk booth on “The Dreadful
    Story About Harriet and the Matches.” Old cautionary
    tales of Heinrich Hoffman parsed into quick couplets
    and quicker gruesome ends. More gaslight than ghastly,
    and truth be told this recording from last century (1998)
    could have faired well a century before that as well.
    We only have the music here, but I’ve caught glimpses
    of the theatrical version online, and on stage is
    where the Tiger Lillies are meant to kill it.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on March 22, 2013 at 12:02 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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