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Label: Career (USA)
Catalogue No: (CDS7718)
Format: CD (jewel case)
Released: 2003
Price: $ 15.00
Penny Ikinger - Electra
Penny's debut album was released in the US by Career Records but never in her native Australia. We've recently managed to get some copies. If you have taken to Penny's recent Penelope this won't let you down either.
Tracklisting: (52:45 m:s)
  1. Poison Berries (4:00 m:s)
  2. Kathleen (3:58 m:s)
  3. Electra (4:06 m:s)
  4. Shipwrecked (4:55 m:s)
  5. Maid of Orleans (7:08 m:s)
  6. Andalusian Man (4:55 m:s)
  7. Stuck Inside (4:53 m:s)
  8. The One I Sent Away (6:37 m:s)
  9. Spinster (6:24 m:s)
  10. Gladly Slip Away (5:49 m:s)
"Anyone who remembers the Wet Taxis will automatically recognise Ikinger's name, and her unique musical style. If not, suffice to say she's a graduate of the Radio Birdman school of rock who played with the likes of Tex Perkins, Charlie Owen and Louis Tillett before offering up this CD - her first solo project. As you'd expect, there's a hard edge, but with sensitive lyrics and her amazing voice. It's extraordinary." ... Scott Ellis 7/10 Sydney Sun Herald, November 2003

"Amazingly, Penny Ikinger started writing songs only four years ago. Before that, she played guitar in bands (Wet Taxis, Red Dress) and guested on the records of more famous contemporaries (Louis Tillett, Charlie Owen, Tex Perkins). It's clear why Ikinger has been in such demand -her unique, angular guitar style is riveting, from the distorto-fest of 'Poison Berries' to the delicate lutely pluckings of 'Kathleen' (great film clip for this stand-out song included with the CD too). 'Maid of Orleans', a haunting lament for Joan of Arc, achieves a mythic grandeur Patti Smith would proud of and makes my hair stand on end each time I hear it. Electra is an extremely assured debut album, strange, beautiful and deserving of your attention." ... Readings Books & Music Monthly, November 2003

" ... The songwriting is solid, with a personal voice already peeking its head through the guitar textures. The singer/guitarist has a knack for catchy melodies. Their immediate charm, almost pop at times, is counterbalanced by her sleazy guitar playing ... there is something of Francoise Hardy and Marianne Faithfull in Ikinger's voice and delivery. And there's something resolutely psychedelic in her band arrangements ... We reach cruising speed with 'Electra' and 'Shipwrecked' ... I don't know why the closing 'Gladly Slip Away' reminds me so much of Concrete Blonde - a compliment." ... Francois Couture All Music Guide, November 2003