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Cabaret, Tiger Lillies style.

If you like cabaret to swing between heart-wrenching ballads and the bawdy and blasphemous, then the Tiger Lillies are for you. Review in The Age

http://theage.com.au/articles/2004/10/15/1097784043080.html


The Tiger Lillies

Reviewer Joel Crotty

October 16, 2004


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Cabaret, Tiger Lillies style.

Photo: Carla Gottgens


The Famous Spiegeltent, until tonight.


If you like cabaret to swing between heart-wrenching ballads and the bawdy and blasphemous, then the Tiger Lillies are for you.


There is no subject that this trio - Martyn Jacques, Adrian Stout and

Adrian Huge - will not investigate. There is saucy Aunty Mabel and her

many sexual tricks; Jimmy, who is obsessed with self abuse; and anal

sex with little, furry animals.


Then there are the sad, mournful songs that reach deep into one's emotions as Jacques sings about society's dispossessed.


But no matter whether the topic is about a battered woman or some silly

sexual perversion, the songs need to work musically. Jacques has an

extraordinary voice that soars effortlessly into the falsetto range,

while Stout (double bass and musical saw) and Huge (drums) maintain the

rhythm section.


Jacques accompanies his singing on the piano accordion, ukelele and

piano. And, through the various songs, the trio explores musical styles

- from the very dark side of Brecht and Weill to rousing, English

music-hall singalongs.


Moving between the humorous and bleak pushes the show along. At one

moment, you are beating your foot to the dance rhythms, and then you

are sitting spellbound as a harrowing story unfolds

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