Artist Cat’s Eyes Rock Pop Product Type Compact Disc Domestic Country

Track Title. 1 Cat’s Eyes. 2 The Best Person I Know. 3 I’m Not Stupid. 4 Face In The Crowd. 5 Not A Friend. 6 Bandit. 7 Sooner Or Later. 8 The Lull. 9 Over You. 10 I Knew It Was Over. Despite being written off as trendy garage punks at first, the Horrors have been behind some surprisingly eclectic music. Most obvious was their reinvention into psychedelic shoegazers on their second album, Primary Colours, but the analog synth-heavy side project Spider & the Flies and this collaboration between singer Faris Badwan and soprano Rachel Zeffira also show that there s more to the band than rehashing the 60s in all-black outfits. While Cat s Eyes love that decade too, they explore different musical territory, mining the drama and romance of Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood’s duets as well as the eccentric brilliance of Joe Meek’s productions for a sound that s equal parts campy and vulnerable, mischievous and romantic. However, the actual sound of Cat s Eyes isn t as retro as might be expected. The combination of Zeffira s pristine vocals and the hovering, swooping soundscapes surrounding her suggest Broadcast on the shyly sweet love song The Best Person I Know and Felt Mountain-era Goldfrapp on Bandit, one of the few times when her operatic training comes to the fore. Though Primary Colours was far less theatrical than the Horrors’ debut, Strange House, was, Badwan can t help but have some influence of Z-grade horror and spy movie themes in his music. At times this adds a playful wink, as on the slinky go-go workouts Cat s Eyes and Face in the Crowd, but Badwan’s atonal solo turn Sooner or Later is the album s sore thumb. However, he redeems himself on the lovely duet The Lull, which just emphasizes that Cat s Eyes’ best moments are often the most delicate.