ORANGE – Album CD

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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. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    M Farlow

    M Farlow (verified owner)

    Read [skip] down for track reviews.

    We all know that music reviews are subjective no matter how much the writer claims objectivity. Reviews are influenced heavily by how much the reviewer likes or dislikes the reviewed and other personal preferences of said reviewer. With this in mind I, as a ‘fan’ of the Mona Lisa Twins [MLT] for a couple of years or so now, will try to keep my reviews … sensible! I can write wholeheartedly that any words of praise for ‘ORANGE’ that I write will be woefully inadequate in expressing just how amazing I feel the album is.

    When I found out about ‘ORANGE’ there was little information about the album other than it was by MLT and the suggestion that the album would be a new direction for the group. Alarm bells started ringing! How many times have we read ‘… a new direction for the group …’ for any group and found that the new direction was not to our taste or somehow degraded the group or, I can think of a few, over commercialised the group by going with whatever the recent music fashion was? My fears proved unfounded when I first listened to ‘ORANGE’.

    As a whole, the new MLT album is very true to previous MLT material. MLT are adored for the materials from a bygone age that they ‘cover’ such as hits by The Beatles, The Hollies and others from the same era. This adoration is also given to MLT for previously released original works that are written by the artists. This new album ‘ORANGE’ of original work does not disappoint and will, without doubt, be adored by fans of MLT. It will be no wonder to this reviewer that anyone new to MLT will not be disappointed by the album either.

    The album ‘ORANGE’ is in a format that I quite like! Though each track can be enjoyed independently, from the start the album kind of tells a story. On the whole the story told is about life. It would be easy to compare ‘ORANGE’ to albums that became classics of other groups and master classes in composition.

    TRACK REVIEWS

    Following is my review of each track for those of you still reading and those that have skipped to this point;

    1. The Future: This clutter of sound will seem somewhat strange or confusing on first play but lays down the foundations for what follows very well and, maybe strangely, makes more sense as the album continues or is replayed.

    2. No More Worries Company: This puts me in mind of a cheeky, witty show tune from a stage musical. The lyrics are fun and the tune is very upbeat and raises a chuckle. Like a friendly, warm welcome to the hearth on which the rest of the album gently simmers this track embodies the cheery, fun and staying groovy attitude MLT are known for.

    3. Once Upon A Time: Arguably an instant classic, this track puts me in mind of a certain style of mid to late sixties ‘eastern’ influenced music mixed with a deep ‘bluesy’ style. With many a, seems to me, tip of the hat to the artists that have influenced MLT and somewhat meaningful lyrics, this is a wonderful track.

    4. Close To You: This track is a superb exploration of wonder and misfortune romance can bring. This is a quintessentially 60’s love song and, to me, would not be out of place if on an album performed by artists such as Chad and Jeremy or Peter and Gordon.

    5. It’s Alright: Fast, fun, a little pop like and a clear display of how well the twins voices play off each other. I see this track as a great expression of personal liberty done with the joyous charm MLT often show.

    6. Waiting For The Waiter: This track, with the help of John Sebastian on blues harp, is simply outstanding. The lyrics are full of imagery that is, arguably, open to interpretation. This track really does show how well the twins have come along in terms of great song writing. I could not help but think of the Samuel Beckett play ‘Waiting for Godot’ when listening to this track. Also, without going too deeply into a discussion on the matter, I could not stop myself thinking; ‘Should we really wait for the change or get up and go for the change or even make the change ourselves?’. (Define change!)

    7. In It For Love: I ‘ain’t misbehaving’ when I write this review! This song is entirely modern in a very nostalgic way. The tune is lightly melodic fun and the lyrics are cheekily optimistic. Once again the vocals here are perfectly matched. I could easily put this song to the top of my favourites of songs that are similar.

    8. Count On Me: How heartfelt and beautiful can a song be? Get the tissues ready! With a prominent yet (deceptively) simple guitar leading the dreamy instrumental part and a wonderful vocal rendition by both twins this track is purely magical.

    9. Sweet Lorraine: Is this a Beatles song? (I know it’s not). This song is saccharin sweet – but in a good way. A story song that is humorous, sarcastic and mischievous all at the same time this track pleases very much.

    10. That’s Life: The very first line in the lyrics of this song got me hooked! The lyrics are full of self deprecating humour of the best kind, down beat optimism and joyously forth rite advice. This song brings an ironic laugh and a smile hard to drop. The guitar work and percussion on the track has a fun clarity. Is that a cowbell I hear? Needs more – chuckle! The song is so infectious it should come with a health warning.

    11. Club 27: Though I am familiar with the idea, it took me a minute to realise what the title ‘Club 27’ was referring too – and here’s me a Fortean! Energetic and fast music with Hendrix like guitar work and sang in a let loose and lovin’ it fashion with a tip of the hat to hotel California lyrically this track is vibrant to say the least.

    12. Still A Friend Of Mine: Another tear jerking beauty. This track is a personal love song with echoes of universality beyond the simple. Or is it? Listening to the track, one could be easily forgiven for thinking it is as I just described. Reading the lyrics brings to mind other words such as ‘roguish’, ‘rebellious’ and ‘inciting’ though. Either way, this track has an exquisiteness that is easy to accept yet, somehow, hard to explain.

    Thank you for the music (and I tried so hard not to mention ABBA). Mona and Lisa (and co) you never cease to please. This album ‘ORANGE’ is great for your fan base and, I have no doubt, will bring on board many who were previously unaware of your work and make fans of the curious.

    I own the CD of ‘ORANGE’ and eagerly await my vinyl copy!

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  2. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Jacki Hopper

    Jacki Hopper

    Once in a century or even a millennium a gifted musician or musicians will emerge that sets them apart from anyone else and makes a lifelong impact- this is the truth about The MonaLisa Twins…This new and current ORANGE album of theirs certainly captures their talent in the songwriting & instrumentation Dept. Though this time they ventured into somewhat uncharted musical territory and successfully cultivated a surefire winner while at same token managed to keep on with that uniqueness of theirs that truly defines them as of their own~
    THE FUTURE: An interesting mix match of assorted clips that makes for an intriguing saguay into the album…

    NO MORE WORRIES COMPANY: How the gals managed to pull off a most remincesent retro style song with such clever and whimsical and witty lyrics that have you being totally taken in along with them on this song journey …one can help but to smile & chuckle …

    ONCE UPON A TIME: Quite Sixties-esque and Funky Groovy Vibes going on here only further fueled by the guest appearance of John Sebastian’s musical input that accelerates this into its iwn realm and is an ear pleaser…

    CLOSE TO YOU: Yes , perhaps you do sense a Beatles-ish essence in this piece but its raw and stripped down simplicity makes this a wonderful song to mellow with…

    IT’S ALRIGHT: What is it about their harmonies that when they blend it just becomes so riveting , goose bumpworthy !? …I enjoy this very much so…

    WAITING FOR THE WAITER: Well- so much can be interpreted and said of this particular one but once more John Sebastian’s appearance of the magic on blues harp just gives this a flavour of its own spice and deliverance but sonething about a bluesy… seductive hypnotic rhythm – it strikes a chord within…

    IN IT FOR LOVE: A cute and funny number with a catchy cleverness that gets you hooked on it- most definitely…

    COUNT ON ME: This one has that appeal in which no matter what in your life is going on- know that that someone does care and etc. The tone musically of this for me feels uplifting and I like that…

    SWEET LORRAINE: A Quirky & Quaint but Loveable hit that you can find yourself singing along to whetever you are…

    THAT’S LIFE: Well the gals excellently crafted this one as we can all relate I’m sure with its lyrical aspects and the interweaving of vocals and instruments gives this a nice SMOOTH vibe with that hint of remincesent-ness about it…

    CLUB 27: WHOA !?…Only MLT could conjure up such a brilliantly creative aspect musically of the Club 27 thing…The music and lyrical references throughout this just intensifies this beyond … hope the 27 Gang approves !?…It rocks and rolls …

    In summary.. The whole album is complimentary in all of the song selections… songwriting…John Sebastian’s guest appearance and so forth. One can tell alot of Love …Hard Work…Creative Cultivation went into this and the result is a Harvest that is Musically Reaping Abundance !!!!

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    • Steve Crider

      I just got my copy yesterday and listened to it this morning and OMG, your comment on Club 27 finally clicked as to what this song is about. Now it makes a whole lot of sense.

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    Phil Matthews

    Phil Matthews (verified owner)

    Absolutely Stunning Album, well worth the wait. I love every track

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    Michael Parker

    Michael Parker (verified owner)

    I received this a couple of days before it’s release and having listened to it can only say – brilliant. I love the whole feel of it and your harmonies and songwriting are excellent, as always. Let’s hope that this album brings you the success that you deserve.

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    Claude Biarritz

    Claude Biarritz (verified owner)

    The best album of 2017, in my opinion. They didn’t try to redo their first album, they explored new sounds and produced an LP that took everyone by surprise. My favorite cuts are Count on Me, Close to You, No More Worries Company, and of course Club 27.
    A GREAT ALBUM!

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    Mark Miller

    Mark Miller (verified owner)

    Very refreshing. Music with a melody. Rare these days. Love it.

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    Tom Holmes

    Tom Holmes (verified owner)

    I Discovered the Twins about a month ago on You Tube, have been hooked ever since. I ordered the CD last night and received the free download, the songs are very impressive & delightful to hear. I am 61 and this is great music, I compare it to what I grew up listening to. Can’t wait for the CD to arrive so I can listen to it on my home stereo, the Twins nailed this one, thanks so much Mona & Lisa.

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    David Martin

    David Martin (verified owner)

    I love all your music, most especially this album. But it’s you yourselves who give me endless joy and the window for me to feel more a part of your wonderful selves is through your fabulous videos. You’ve done it again with your superb Waiting For The Waiter video.

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    Camilo De Guia

    Camilo De Guia (verified owner)

    Tell me about the first time you were moved by music. I’ll tell you about my first time. It was when I discovered my parent’s vinyls and their old stereo phonograph. Music by The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers, Frank Sinatra …the list and hits goes on.

    Now, tell me about the LAST time you were moved by music. I can tell you about the last time I was moved by music. A year ago, I watched The Mona Lisa Twins version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. That video left me wanting more. I binge watched ALL of their videos and purchased every track they had. Their latest release, ORANGE, brought me back to that time I discovered those vinyls and watched that video. The melodies and lyrics brought those same feelings back. It’s that good.

    There were sultry bluesy moments followed up by psychadelic haze and then I’m suddenly transported to a dive bar with John Sebastian on blues harp (I want to say it, “harmonica”, there I said it). The various genres they explored kept me hooked from the first note to the last.

    The only sad thing about this album is the fact that it must end. That’s okay, just play your CD in repeat mode and you’re set. “Nothing ever lasts forever, my oh my”.

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  10. 5 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Saba Arif

    Saba Arif (verified owner)

    Words fail me at this point, and though I could pick them out from a thesaurus, I couldn’t even begin to describe just how wonderful I think ‘ORANGE’ is. So I’ll keep the hyperbole to a minimum and give a track by track review of what I think is a groundbreaking masterpiece that certainly ranks right up there with ‘Village Green Preservation Society’, ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Pet Sounds’.

    1. The Future: A sound collage that sets the mood in just the right way, The Future is a short, yet intriguing sign of things to come.

    2. No More Worries Company: Seamlessly combining the sound of quintessential ’60s pop with the roaring twenties, No More Worries Company is a cheeky reminder that the MonaLisa Twins are an uproarious bunch with a sense of humour that is as endearing as it is clever. The instrumentation on this song is an absolute hoot! This deserves to be a HUGE hit!

    3. Once Upon A Time: Clearly paying homage to their (and our) heroes, Once Upon A Time, with its Byrds-inspired guitar and nostalgic hippie lyrics is one of those tracks that makes you proud to be a fan of Rock n’ Roll. Dripping with allusions to other classic rock songs, this one is a classic all of its own.

    4. Close To You: The MonaLisa Twins have absolutely nailed the ’60s aesthetic while updating it to sound relevant, fresh, and inventive. This obviously isn’t news to anybody who has ever heard their music, but Close To You is probably their finest take on romance and heartbreak distilled through the sound of The Beatles, The Left Banke, and The Zombies. Of course, they merge those elements to deliver their own signature sound. If there’s any justice in this world, this song will get a ton of airplay!

    5. It’s Alright: This is such a delightful song with signature MLT harmonies, a fantastic British sound, and sunny lyrics that perfectly capture the spirit and joyousness of timeless pop. The MonaLisa Twins are undoubtedly the finest ambassadors of pop music that we have around and It’s Alright is a great example of their mastery.

    6. Waiting For The Waiter: This one is an instant classic! I’ve been addicted to ‘Waiting For The Waiter’ for nearly a month now and right from the remarkable dobro and slide guitar to John Sebastian’s astounding blues harp, and lyrics dripping with imagery, this song just goes to show the leaps and bounds that the twins have taken in terms of songwriting since ‘When We’re Together’.

    7. In It For Love: Where has this song been all my life? It’s definitely my new motto! I suppose it perfectly describes the twins and their worldview, but it’s so universal with blissfully optimistic lyrics and melodic guitar work, not to mention the twins’ breathtaking voices, that it not only transcends its genre but also rises to the top of it.

    8. Count On Me: The poignant lyrics and beautiful vocals on ‘Count On Me’ almost had me in tears. Lisa’s vocal delivery is heartrending, and Mona’s harmonies hit you right in the feels. The stripped down production and guitar may seem deceptively simple but they’re as effective as it gets. If I ever had to play a song by MLT to someone who isn’t as much of a sixties fan as I am, it’s this one. I’m sure ‘Count On Me’ will continue to be a song that I can always count on in times of joy and sadness.

    9. Sweet Lorraine: With its clever wordplay, storybook imagery, and Zombies-inspired melodies, Sweet Lorraine, akin to ‘A Rose For Emily’ or ‘Another Day’, gets into the skin of the character and makes you feel like you’ve known her all along. Mona’s vocals are so effective and compelling! I absolutely LOVE the lyrics on this one.

    10. That’s Life: I’ve loved this song ever since I first became a fan of the twins and it’s a brilliantly crafted track that’s brimming with wisdom, humour and infectious hooks. It’s precisely the kind of song that ‘starts with a smile that won’t wipe off your face no matter how hard you try’.

    11. Club 27: This track is smoking! Like so many others, I have always been fascinated by the ’27 Club’, but I positively could never write a song this good about it! Lisa’s blistering Hendrix-inspired guitar work is a highlight of this album, and I’d kill to see them perform this one live.

    12. Still A Friend Of Mine: It’s astonishing just how beautiful this track is. It almost had me in tears and wanting more! The lyrics are both personal and universal, and address the global situation in the most succinct manner. Like all brilliantly written songs, however, it can be interpreted any way you choose. I know I’ll still be listening to this fifty years from now!

    To cap it all off, If ‘When We’re Together’ was The MonaLisa Twins’ ‘Please Please Me’, ‘ORANGE’ is their ‘Revolver’. The growth in songwriting, production, and performance is absolutely staggering. This is a gem of an album that rarely comes along and deserves to be treasured by every music fan.

    Thank you for the music, Mona and Lisa. I’m a fan for life!

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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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