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Baby Dee

Regifted Light

12" LP

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$15.99

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One of entertainment's most flamboyant musical artistes of the last decade, BABY DEE is back with a new LP, Regifted Light, on Drag City Records. The album is not merely charming, nor simply enchanting and/or deeply touching-it is also an unusually arrayed album, scattering four vocal performances among eight smartly arranged, classically focused instrumentals, creating quintessential Baby Dee in all her unconventional glory. Baby Dee is an extraordinarily feeling talent on the keyboard, and while she can play anything put before her, her passion is for the concert grand: the Steinway D in particular, or, as she puts it, her "Rolls Royce of choice." This album was composed on a very special Steinway D that has been living with Dee for the past few years and is as responsible as she is for the dynamic music and sounds of Regifted Light. Produced by ANDREW W.K.

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Falling somewhere between Antony & the Johnsons and Thomas Tallis, Regifted Light retreats from the genre-hopping, Baroque pop of 2008’s Safe Inside the Day, employing a pastoral, almost hymnal demeanor that trades out the bawdy, brothel jams for more classically minded fare. Titles such as “Coughing Up Cat Hair,” “Brother Slug and Sister Snail,” and “Cowboys with Cowboy Hat Hair” may suggest otherwise, but Baby Dee sounds more settled here than she has in the past, perhaps due in part to the gorgeous Steinway D delivered to her home by producer/collaborator Andrew W.K., who lent the Cleveland crooner the Concert Grand after deciding that she was “one of the only people I met who could really appreciate it as an instrument and use it for all it's worth." Utilizing a pit band that includes percussion, melodica, pump organ, bassoon, cello, glockenspiel, tuba, and sousaphone, Regifted Light is largely instrumental, allowing listeners the pleasure of hearing Dee's artfully constructed melodies and arrangements, as well as her truly impressive ivory work, without the arguable distraction of her divisive, thespian-bred voice. When she does include vocals, like on the stellar title cut and the sentimental “On the Day I Died,” it sounds like the last night of a lost weekend in Tudor England, conjuring up images of weary but content courtesans, off-work servants, and assorted gentry watching the sunrise from the basement window of a D.I.Y., early music house show.

Additional Information

Artist Baby Dee
Track Listing 1 Cowboys with Cowboy Hat Hair - 2 Yapapipi - 3 Regifted Light - 4 Coughing Up Cat Hair - 5 Deep Peaceful - 6 Brother Slug and Sister Snail - 7 Lullaby Parade - 8 On the Day I Died - 9 Horn Pipe - 10 The Pie Song - 11 Cowboy Street - 12 The Move -

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