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The Puppini Sisters' fifth studio album, The High Life, is the trio's first with Emma Smith joining original members Marcella Puppini and Kate Mullins. Aside from new membership, the vocal group stays the course, offering more of their close-knit, three-part harmonies on versions of big-band classics, a couple of original songs, and swing era-inspired rearrangements of more contemporary hits. The trio holds a few surprises in its selections of the latter, such as a medley of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Sia's "Chandelier," and a fluid cover of Missy Elliott's "Work It." Their take on "Rapper's Delight" works especially well, riding the original's natural swing. The bass-driven medley eases back and forth between the rap classic and 2014's "Chandelier" with scatting and melodic percussion, and proves to be a highlight of The High Life. Not as much fun is their David Bowie cover, a piano-led, rim-clicking arrangement of "Changes" that comes off more like an exercise than a reinvention. They're back in form on "Material Girls Medley," though, which includes pieces of several female-led, money-themed songs, including Meghan Trainor's "Dear Future Husband" and Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money." All of the above are worked into the set list alongside expectedly capable versions '30s and '40s classics, such as Arlen-Mercer's "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and the even earlier Brazilian work with many versions including a film appearance by Carmen Miranda, "Tico Tico" (aka "Tico-Tico No Fubá"). Ultimately, as on past albums, the Puppini Sisters thrive on the original tunes, which were written with their distinct delivery in mind. "Is This the High Life" employs a clarinet, piano, bass, and drum combo to support a rhythmic melody that slides between solo vocals and full three-part harmony, and for a taste of the women at their most Andrews Sisters, don't miss "We Love to Bebop."
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1
Is This the High Life?
00:03:46

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Emma Smith, Vocals - The Puppini Sisters, Producer, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Vocals, ComposerLyricist, Unidentified - Kate Mullins, Vocals - Jon Shenoy, Clarinet - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Will Bartlett, Piano - Peter Ibbetson, Drums - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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2
Accentuate the Positive
00:03:08

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Harold Arlen, ComposerLyricist - Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - Jon Shenoy, Clarinet - HARWIN MUSIC CORPORATION, MusicPublisher - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Will Bartlett, Piano - Peter Ibbetson, Drums - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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3
It Ain't What You Do
00:02:30

James Young, ComposerLyricist - Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - Embassy Music Corporation, MusicPublisher - Fred De Faye, Producer - Melvin Oliver, ComposerLyricist - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Peter Ibbetson, Drums - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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4
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
00:03:18

Robert Hazard, ComposerLyricist - Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - Sony / ATV Tunes LLC, MusicPublisher - Jon Shenoy, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Peter Ibbetson, Drums - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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5
We Love to Bebop
00:03:14

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals, ComposerLyricist - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals, ComposerLyricist - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Peter Ibbetson, Drums, Synthesizer - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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6
Changes
00:03:38

Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - David Bowie, ComposerLyricist - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Will Bartlett, Piano - Peter Ibbetson, Drums, Synthesizer - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass - BMG Blue/Screen Gems, MusicPublisher - EMI Music Inc/Tintoretto Music, MusicPublisher

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7
Rapper's Delight/Chandelier Mash Up
00:02:39

Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - Sia Furler, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Shatkin, ComposerLyricist - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals, ComposerLyricist - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Warner Chappell Music, MusicPublisher - Sony / ATV Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Fred De Faye, Producer - Aidenjulius Music, MusicPublisher - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Will Bartlett, Keyboards - Peter Ibbetson, Drums - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass - Travis Isaac, ComposerLyricist

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8
Tico Tico
00:02:26

Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - Zequinha De Abreu, ComposerLyricist - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Accordion, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - Jon Shenoy, Alto Saxophone - Peer Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Will Bartlett, Piano - Peter Ibbetson, Drums, Synthesizer - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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9
Work It
00:02:53

Deborah Harry, ComposerLyricist - Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - EMI Music Publishing, MusicPublisher - Jon Shenoy, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Universal Music Publishing Group, MusicPublisher - Jerry Landis, ComposerLyricist - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Will Bartlett, Keyboards, Piano - Peter Ibbetson, Drums, Synthesizer - Melissa A Elliott, ComposerLyricist - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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10
Tennessee Waltz
00:02:57

Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - Pee Wee King, ComposerLyricist - Redd Stewart, ComposerLyricist - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Accordion, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, MusicPublisher - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Peter Ibbetson, Drums - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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11
Material Girls Medley: Bills Bills Bills / Dear Future Husband / Cabaret-Money / Bitch Better Have My Money / Dirty Cash (Money Talks) / Material Girl / Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
00:03:57

Kevin Briggs, ComposerLyricist - Beyoncé Knowles, ComposerLyricist - Kevin Kadish, ComposerLyricist - Webster, ComposerLyricist - Emma Smith, Producer, Percussion, Vocals - Kelly Rowland, ComposerLyricist - PIERRE, ComposerLyricist - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Percussion, Piano, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Percussion, Vocals - EMI BLACKWOOD MUSIC, MusicPublisher - Fenty, ComposerLyricist - Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd., MusicPublisher - Cacophony Ltd, MusicPublisher - Hitco Music, MusicPublisher - Trio Music Company, MusicPublisher - F Ebb, ComposerLyricist - Alley Music Corp, MusicPublisher - Meghan Trainor, ComposerLyricist - Fred De Faye, Producer, Percussion - Please Gimme My Publishing Inc, MusicPublisher - Sony/ATV Allegro, MusicPublisher - Year of the Dog Music, MusicPublisher - Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC, MusicPublisher - Bourelly, ComposerLyricist - Warner-Tamberlane Publishing Corp, MusicPublisher - Blake Wilner, Guitar, Percussion - Will Bartlett, Keyboards - Peter Ibbetson, Drums, Percussion - Travis Scott Music, MusicPublisher - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass, Percussion - Kandy Burrus, ComposerLyricist - Le Toya Luckett, ComposerLyricist - Le Tavia Roberston, ComposerLyricist - J Cander, ComposerLyricist - Over-Thought Under Appreciated Songs, MusicPublisher - Monica Fenty Music Publishing Inc, MusicPublisher

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12
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
00:03:12

Robert B. Sherman, ComposerLyricist - Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - Richard M. Sherman, ComposerLyricist - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - Wonderland Music Company Inc, MusicPublisher - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Peter Ibbetson, Drums - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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13
Liar Liar
00:03:20

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals, ComposerLyricist - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals, ComposerLyricist - Fred De Faye, Producer - Blake Wilner, Guitar - Will Bartlett, Piano - Peter Ibbetson, Drums - Henrick Jensen, Double Bass

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14
Hit the Road Jack (feat. The Pledge Orchestra)
00:03:06

Thomas Schmidt, Drums - Sam Mullins, Acoustic Guitar - Mark Davies, Double Bass - John Holland, Clarinet, Bass Saxophone - Emma Smith, Producer, Vocals - Percy Mayfield, ComposerLyricist - The Puppini Sisters, MainArtist - Marcella Puppini, Producer, Vocals - Kate Mullins, Producer, Vocals - Fred De Faye, Producer - The Pledge Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Nikki Fine, Vocals - Gianluigi Scandella, Vocals - Gordan Banner, Vocals - Richard Bays, Electric Guitar - Tangerine Music Corp, MusicPublisher

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Album Description

The Puppini Sisters' fifth studio album, The High Life, is the trio's first with Emma Smith joining original members Marcella Puppini and Kate Mullins. Aside from new membership, the vocal group stays the course, offering more of their close-knit, three-part harmonies on versions of big-band classics, a couple of original songs, and swing era-inspired rearrangements of more contemporary hits. The trio holds a few surprises in its selections of the latter, such as a medley of the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and Sia's "Chandelier," and a fluid cover of Missy Elliott's "Work It." Their take on "Rapper's Delight" works especially well, riding the original's natural swing. The bass-driven medley eases back and forth between the rap classic and 2014's "Chandelier" with scatting and melodic percussion, and proves to be a highlight of The High Life. Not as much fun is their David Bowie cover, a piano-led, rim-clicking arrangement of "Changes" that comes off more like an exercise than a reinvention. They're back in form on "Material Girls Medley," though, which includes pieces of several female-led, money-themed songs, including Meghan Trainor's "Dear Future Husband" and Rihanna's "Bitch Better Have My Money." All of the above are worked into the set list alongside expectedly capable versions '30s and '40s classics, such as Arlen-Mercer's "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and the even earlier Brazilian work with many versions including a film appearance by Carmen Miranda, "Tico Tico" (aka "Tico-Tico No Fubá"). Ultimately, as on past albums, the Puppini Sisters thrive on the original tunes, which were written with their distinct delivery in mind. "Is This the High Life" employs a clarinet, piano, bass, and drum combo to support a rhythmic melody that slides between solo vocals and full three-part harmony, and for a taste of the women at their most Andrews Sisters, don't miss "We Love to Bebop."
© Marcy Donelson /TiVo

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