Saturday, August 23, 2014

CD Review: The Rat Pack Return With A Salute From The Cherry Poppin' Daddies

American swing band Cherry Poppin' Daddies have had a pretty successful career, hitting the heights during the late-nineties swing revival with their single "Zoot Suit Riot." While their albums have not been blockbusters, their sound is classic and they have a loyal following at their live shows. Back in July, the band released their ninth studio album entitled "Please Return The Evening - The Cherry Poppin' Daddies Salute The Music Of The Rat Pack." The new fifteen song album gathers the most well-known hits that the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr.) performed on a regular basis whether in Las Vegas or on the road.

The Cherry Poppin' Daddies play it safe and stick to the same formula and tempo that made these songs classic without straying of the path. Things start off slow with the sway of "The Best Is Yet To Come," before the energy and tempo pick up with "Come Fly With Me." One of the highlights of the album is the quick-pace of "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die," which shows a glimpse of the Daddies' swinging heyday. Lead singer Steve Perry shines with his spot-on vocal delivery of "The Way You Look Tonight," before heading over to the fun Sammy Davis Jr. staple "Ring-a-Ding-Ding." The album finishes with the band rockin' out to the classic closer "That's Life."

Cherry Poppin' Daddies will be spending the month of September over in Europe before returning to the states in November for a couple shows in North Carolina. For a complete list of tour dates and for more information on the new album, please visit daddies.com.

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