There are some album out there which have distinct focus on a particular subject. One of those albums is Wrapped In Plastic by the Dizzy. According to the band their album “full of old Hollywood romance tropes and dysfunctional love, which are thrown into sharp relief upon further analysis and extended listening”. They point out throughout the album that the romance depicted in movies would not correlate into a functional relationship in the real world.
Wrapped In Plastic has very theatrical feel to it as if they music could be accompanied by a broadway play. This is due in part to sometimes hyperbolic vocal delivers, the use of vocals harmonies and the heavy use of piano.
The band opens with “Hollywood Tide (Introduction)” which is truly an intro not a guitar riff. Between the drums, vocals and ominous sounding pads I got the feeling I was in the video game Bioshock. If you ever played that game I think you will know what I’m talking about.
The album gets more upbeat after the intro. “Di Di Mau!” is a good indicator of the loose, theatrical feel the rest of the album holds in store for you. The instrumentation is good but the vocal work is exceptional. I was wondering how many singers they actually had. Either way I really enjoyed this track.
Up next is “Confused as Hell” which is piano bar style romp mixed with Mick Jagger-esque style vocals. The mix of sounds was unique and playful sounding. “First Comes Love” is a another fun romp with animated vocals that constantly change with inflection and delivery. “Grab Your Stuff” is a lighthearted song about escaping trouble while “My Lover's Ritual” has a number of funny lines in it.
Wrapped In Plastic seems like it's going to be enjoyed by a niche audience which I can say in this day and age is a good thing. For instance, if you are one who enjoys show tunes this will be your new favorite album.
This is an enjoyable album that you don’t hear everyday and obviously took a lot of attention to detail. Recommended.
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