Punishing Kiss

Punishing Kiss

by Ute Lemper



German-born actress and stage veteran Ute Lemper has built an impressively multifaceted career with her sultry voice, striking beauty, and vampy stage persona. Her true artistic calling, however, is revealed in her spot-on interpretations of German cabaret standards. PUNISHING KISS, unlike many of Lemper's previous recordings, contains but one Kurt Weill song ("Tango Ballad" from "The Threepenny Opera"), but the album's thematic muse was no doubt born in some alluringly decadent '20s-era Berlin nightclub. Surprisingly enough, this dramatic mise-en-scène is rooted less in Lemper's background and more in the contributions of an impressive list of modern songwriters: Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Philip Glass, Scott Walker, and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon. But don't be misled by the rock/pop credentials of these collaborators: Lemper's finely tuned vocal acrobatics, paired with the album's decidedly histrionic string arrangements (courtesy of Hannon cohort Joby Talbot), place PUNISHING KISS squarely in the realm of theatrical high art, albeit one sullied by a cast of whores, murderers, suicidal femme fatales, and other assorted outcasts.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2000
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028946647325
catalogNumber: 466473

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ute Lemper   Primary Artist,Vocals
Evan Lurie   Piano
Jay Berliner   Guitar
John Beal   Bass,Bass Guitar
Martin Brumbach   Recorder
Hugh Burns   Guitar
Warren Ellis   Violin
Brian Gascoigne   Piano,Conductor
John Giblin   Bass,Guitar
Jill Jaffe   Violin
Gavyn Wright   Performing Ensemble
Geoff Foster   Recorder
Alasdair Malloy   Percussion
Alfredo Pedernera   Bandoneon
Joby Talbot   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Cor anglais,Musical Direction
Everton Nelson   Violin
Neil Hannon   Vocals
Ivor Talbot   Guitar,Mandolin
Stuart "Pinkie" Bates   Accordion,Hammond Organ
Miggy Barradas   Drums
Rob Farrer   Percussion
Stuart Bates   Accordion,Hammond Organ
Bryan Mills   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Rob Ellis   Sampling
John Bradbury   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Nick Cave   Lyricist
Elvis Costello   Lyricist
Tom Waits   Lyricist
Evan Lurie   Arranger
Ute Lemper   Arranger,Liner Notes
Scott Walker   Producer
Bertolt Brecht   Lyricist
Conor Brady   Art Direction
Kathleen Brennan   Lyricist
Martin Brumbach   Engineering
Brian Gascoigne   Orchestration
Cait O'Riordan   Lyricist
Hal Willner   Producer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Geoff Foster   Engineering
Jay Reynolds   Programming,Engineer
Ron Warshow   Engineer
Joby Talbot   Arranger,Programming,Lyricist,Musical Director
Neil Hannon   Lyricist
Andy Scade   Engineer
Jason Stasium   Engineer
Ivor Talbot   Arranger
Tom Stanley   Engineer
Giles Stanley   Co-Coordinator
Jon Jacobs   Producer,Engineer
Stuart "Pinkie" Bates   Arranger
Miggy Barradas   Arranger
Danny Porter   Engineer
David Sefton   Executive Producer
Dan Bierton   Engineer
Herbert George Ponting   Lyricist
Jon Jacobs   Producer,Engineer
Bryan Mills   Arranger
Martin Sherman   Lyricist
Bruno Pisek   Lyricist
Peter Walsh   Producer

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