The Puppini Sisters: The Rise and Fall of Ruby Woo (2008)
That being said, the Puppinis are a lot less sunny than the Andrews Sisters ever were, preferring the more melancholy aspects of jazz singing. Tunes like "Spooky" and "Soho Nights" recall the soundtrack to The Triplets of Bellville, a Puppini influence, with their Parisian cafï sensibility and melancholy tone, but the trio isn't afraid to tackle a steamy blues numbers or a Manilow song. The Sisters do wonderful things with "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" which, aside from the quotes from modern tunes, sounds like it could have come straight from Ellington's bandstand. Conversely, the band tackles some campy classics, and while a cover of "Walk Like An Egyptian" wears out its welcome, their version of Beyonce's "Crazy In Love" works much better than expected and is a highlight of the second half. In addition to all the songs from other pens, the Sisters each contribute a song a piece, each of which demonstrate a keen songwriting ability. Marcella Puppini's "And She Sang" is an especially lovely tune.
The Puppini Sisters got their start with a cover of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" but have shown with this release that they can be more than just imitators. In fact, this might be what the Boswells would have sounded like were they getting their start today, although they might have had the good sense to avoid the Bangles.
Track Listing: Spooky; Walk Like An Egyptian; Old Cape Cod; Soho Nights; I Can't Believe I'm Not A Millionaire; It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing); Could It Be Magic; Jilted; Crazy In Love; It's Not Over (Death Of The Toy Piano); And She Sang; We Have All The Time In The World.
Personnel: Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins, Stephanie O'Brien: vocals; various others.
Record Label: Verve Music Group