CD Review: Josie Cotton shines again with Pussycat Babylon
Written by admin on February 2, 2011
With her unmistakable voice and unique mixture of classic new wave and psychedelic guitar twang, Josie Cotton is back with her first album since 2007’s Invasion of the B-Girls. While that was comprised of covers from classic B-movie soundtracks, Cotton beguiles her fans with sultry, yet fun and danceable originals in her latest offering, Pussycat Babylon.
Cotton’s first track, “Calling All Girls,” sets up the rest of the CD quite suitably by introducing to the listeners aspects of what goes through her creative mind with lyrics describing kittens driving spaceships, dressing as a sexy x-ray technician and having Halloween killer Michael Myers as a boyfriend. While “Calling All Girls” features Cotton’s natural voice with 80s synth-lazer effects, the next track, “Recipe for Disaster,” is more guitar-heavy with some well-mixed vocal distortion and effects. The differences on the first two tracks alone prepare the listener for the rest of the album’s alluring combination of Cotton’s post-60s girl group influences,and her distinctive sound encompassing power-pop elements from the 60s, 70s and 80s.