ORANGE – Album CD

$15.29

The MonaLisa Twins’ second original album provides listeners with a whole new experience. While staying true to their roots – The Sixties – this album branches out into new, more experimental territories of musical styles. You can expect a very tongue-in-cheek side of the MonaLisa Twins. Check the tabs below for more info.

Album Name: ORANGE
Album Type: CD – 12 Tracks
Release Date: 29 Sep 2017
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  1. Gilbert Ochoa

    Great sound , beautiful harmonies

    Gilbert Ochoa (verified owner)

    Surfing the Web I came across one of your videos. Until that very moment I was not aware of MonaLisa Twins. I listened and was impressed. I searched for more videos and asked my wife to join me. She was impressed as well. We thought WOW, where are they from. We were disappointed that you are so far from Texas. However, if you ever come to San Antonio, Texas. We would definitely attend your show. Keep in touch .Gilbert.

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  2. Nils P

    Orange is the new wine

    Nils P (verified owner)

    Enjoyed it all through. Love your energy and harmonies.

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    John Rickenbach

    Nothing Rhymes With Orange, Except "Ausgezeichnet!"

    John Rickenbach (verified owner)

    Mein Deutsch ist äußerst schlecht, aber ich kann ein bisschen versuchen… Eure Lieder sind wirklich ganz toll!! Ausgezeichnet! Besonders liebe ich eure Melodien und Harmonien—ihr habt eine echte Begabung!

    Okay, I’ll switch to English now…sorry about the bad German!

    There’s no word in the English language that rhymes with “Orange”, which is an apt title for an album that is something truly unique. Nothing quite like it, at least in this century. I think I stumbled on your music accidentally from the videos, and like many others have said, it’s easy to get addicted to your energy, creativity, professionalism, humor, and just plain love of craft. You make it look easy, which is the surest indication that it is not—there’s a lot of hard work there I can tell, and that is much appreciated…

    In these days where a simple groove passes for a song, or a repetitive rap somehow qualifies as a “tune”, it’s nice to see musicians who study and can apply what music actually means. It’s not only a good tune, but also clever lyrics, an inventive arrangement, and in the case of putting an album together, even things like album sequencing. Orange has all that and more.

    There’s a lot of love of music history that shines through, and so many influences in the songs that it’s interesting just to look at the album from that perspective. But to do that would downplay the originality of the work itself, which is considerable. No doubt, you could probably write and play in multiple genres, and over the years, I hope that happens. It’s quite something to see the body of work already, and exciting to imagine where this all might go next.

    But for now, I’ll settle for the song cycle of Orange, probably the most inventive album I’ve heard in years. The opening track, the spoken montage of all things pointing to the future, seems to me an apt statement to lead off with—sort of a more economical “Revolution 9” that actually almost makes sense. “No More Worries Company” suddenly takes you to the land of ABBA meets Neil Innes writing a Rutles song, somehow filtered through the lens of Ray Davies, which I have to say is not what I expected, but that’s the point I suppose. It’s not just about copying the Beatles, but mining those who mined the Beatles and creating something entirely fresh… which naturally leads into “Once Upon a Time”, which could very well be a long lost Bangles track from one of their two underrated 21st century albums…

    The first show-stopper is “Close to You”, which somehow actually evokes the phrasing and style of Karen Carpenter’s voice in the bridge of a completely original song that channels both “Yes It Is” and “This Boy”. At this point, I’m asking myself, just what planet did these two come from? And are there more of them?

    The rest of the album takes so many challenging twists and turns, a simple review cannot do it justice—only repeated listens can. So buy the album and do that. I love the multiple lyrical references to older songs sprinkled throughout, mostly titles from songs of a bygone 60s era, but nice to hear like sonic Easter eggs. I won’t spoil those. And musically, the album is all over the place in a White Album sort of way; as soon as you thought you figured out where it’s going, it’s headed down another road. Some highlights:

    “That’s Life” sounds to me like the White Album meets a better version of ELO.

    “In It For Love” could be 1967-era Mamas and Papas minus the Papas… and ends with the same flourish as “With a Little Help From My Friends” without the Ringo…

    “Club 27” is an unexpected blast of The Who crossed with Bo Diddley with a hint of Elvis Costello and maybe late 70s punk-era “X”, one of my favorite LA bands of that or any time… and along the way, the song manages to sprinkle the titles of at least a handful of songs like ice cream on a strawberry rhubarb pie…

    “Count on Me” is a simple and plaintive piece of folk sitting right in the middle of it all. Could be Jake Bugg in the shoes of Joni Mitchell, a call for affirmation that plays like a rest stop on desert highway.

    But the album’s closer is the real step up, a melody worthy of Elton John, in a beautiful spare piano arrangement that could be on one of his classic albums of the early 1970s… except that it’s on Orange, one of the best albums of the 21st century.

    For me, the Kinks come to mind more than the Beatles on this album, almost like Ray Davies was hanging out in the closet behind the bathroom in the studio. That’s especially true on the songs with an overtly European sensibility, notably the ones farthest from rock and roll. That’s the great thing that 60s British groups brought to American rock and roll—a sense of European melody and formality, plus a fearless love of kitsch. When I was a kid growing up in Germany in the late 1960s, I loved the idea you could hear American top 40, polkas, Greek folk songs, and of course things like the Beatles, and somehow it all worked together without changing the station. That’s how I think of Orange—it’s like listening to Radio Luxembourg, Armed Force Radio Network or the BBC in 1968 or ’69. I love that.

    Thanks again, MLT…

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  4. Mark McKenzie

    Orange is the new Rubber Soul !

    Mark McKenzie (verified owner)

    I bought your complete catalog a while ago from your charming Anna at the office who reminded me of the old days and dealing with Freda… Thats a real plus to have someone who is passionate about us fans and also about sharing the excellent choice of your musical adventure. I found you on You Tube and thought beyond having sublime vocal talent these young ladies can also play their axes. On Orange I listened to a heightened set of songs, all original and all at the same time making me look back and say oh its happening again. I am 70 and have worked in the music business as a sound engineer for 36 years. You choose the band or solo performer and I probably have worked them. But this is thrilling to see talent explode at such a high degree and prove it’s point in the songs you wrote. Both ladies have angelic voices and play their axes like highly competent old timer’s! I’m supporting you and spreading the word for as long as I I am allowed to join in this wonderful adventure , the Mona Lisa Twins are Fab!.. I only wish I had better luck with the club as I joined for a month and found it very cool but not as intuitive for shall I say an old timer like me 🙂 Please keep writing your new songs as they echo the future and praise the past. No auto -tune, just great vocals and that wonderful thing that happens with family, like Don and Phil Everly… you are tied to each other vocally. One day I hope to see you in person and I will give you a standing ovation for bringing back real talent into a rather bland music field in many ways. I haven’t found one CD of the catalog that I skip and even your little additions like the extra guitar part on This Boy pleases me no end. I am sure if George was here , he’d approve 🙂 Keep busy, stay brilliant and your Father is like Sir George Martin with his use of production, always tasty yet challenging… The best part of 2020 for me was finding the MonaLisaTwins, can’t wait till many more people realize what a treasure your music is….Thank you for sharing your talent with the world and I will always be around to open my ears with your next batch of inventive melodies and words ….

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  5. Jerry Lundgren

    monalisa twins vol. 2&3

    Jerry Lundgren

    Excellent and superior music and vocals. I was 13 when the Beatles invaded the U.S. You sing and play Beatles music without trying to be the Beatles. My parents were poor so I never got to hav a Beatles album for my own. Having your vol 2&3 really take me back. Thank you for being you twins.

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  6. Bruce Talgo

    Backwards and Forward

    Bruce Talgo (verified owner)

    I recently got the bundle of “When We’re Together” and “Orange” CDs. To me (and my wife), the “When We’re Together” CD is an ode to the Beatles in particular, and to the early 60s British Invasion sound in general. It’s based on many of the riffs and formats that were popular back then, and we enjoyed it. However, the “Orange” CD takes what these girls have learned and absorbed, and sets them on their future course. The vocals, lyrics and melodies are all steps forward, and the nuances in the music are both subtle, and, at times, striking. My favorites on the CD are “Waiting For The Waiter”, “Count On Me”, “That’s Life”, and “Still A Friend Of Mine”. The singing, playing and writing talent are all there. Keep bringin’ it.

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  7. Col

    Fab!

    Col (verified owner)

    This is a brilliant album and I wish I’d listened to it sooner (I was still listening to the Beatles and more albums)
    Way to go girls… love it!

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  8. Daniel Bastos

    Daniel Bastos

    What a wonderful album !!! I already knew some of the songs, but today I bought the album (digital version). The songs are wonderful, really incredible !! Thank you so much!
    Cheers from Brazil! 😊

    Stay Groovy!!! 💖 🎸🎸💖

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About the Album

The MonaLisa Twins’ much anticipated follow-up original record to their debut album “When We’re Together”. 5 years have passed since the release of original material while the Twins played countless shows all over Europe, moved their residence to England, and learned some important life lessons. In other words … they lived life.

In comparison to their first album, which was still written in their teens, ORANGE gives a more mature, sometimes satirical, yet overall still light-hearted approach to topics we all deal with. Love, community, doubt, the past and future and the generally unsettling direction society seems to be taking.

While staying true to their passion for melodic, quirky songwriting, plenty of harmonies, a very “60s” sound and twangy guitar licks, this album branches out into new territories and incorporates very psychedelic but also earthy, bluesy, sometimes even jazzy tones. Built upon everything you loved about their debut album, you can expect to hear a more experimental and very tongue-in-cheek side of the MonaLisa Twins.

Lyrics, Music, Performance, Engineering, Production and Album Design/Photos: MonaLisa Twins

Album Name: ORANGE
Album Type: CD - 12 Tracks
Release Date: 29 Sept 2017

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