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Strings 'n' Stripes

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Following in the footsteps of Nouvelle Vague and Hayseed Dixie, German trio the Baseballs proved that the concept of the covers band needn't always be confined to weddings and bar mitzvahs with their debut album, Strike. Reviving the sounds of the '50s, their old-fashioned rock & roll interpretations of contemporary pop hits saw them enter the Top Ten across nine European countries, but now with the element of surprise removed, they face an uphill task if they are to avoid the novelty wearing off with their second album, Strings 'n' Stripes. Luckily, the Elvis lookalikes have upped the ante on their 14 tracks with a braver selection of song choices and their first-ever original composition, "Hard Not to Cry," an authentic barbershop quartet-inspired tale of heartbreak which could comfortably fit onto a vintage jukebox playlist. As on their first offering, there are retro adaptations of tracks by Lady Gaga (a shuffling guitar-twanging take on "Paparazzi") and Katy Perry (a shimmering melodramatic rendition of "California Gurls"), but elsewhere, the Berliners showcase an entirely new artist repertoire, with a Roy Orbison-esque reworking of Martin Solveig's floor-filler "Hello," a classic surf rock spin on Kesha's party anthem "Tik Tok," and a melancholic, doo wop retooling of Backstreet Boys' "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," sitting alongside adventurous but surprisingly effective forays into hip-hop territory on infectious tongue-in-cheek rockabilly versions of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop," Pras' "Ghetto Superstar," and Will Smith's "Miami." The old-school makeovers don't always work, as the feisty, empowering alt rock of Meredith Brooks' "Bitch" is rendered rather tame with its AM Pop harmonies and unnecessary lyrical changes, while the original version of Uncle Kracker's "Follow Me" managed to capture the American trad rock vibes more convincingly than the rather pedestrian arrangement included here. But overall, Strings 'n' Stripes is as feel-good as its predecessor which, as Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills describes on the '50s-style radio announcement intro, encapsulates "the sweet taste of summer."
© Jon O'Brien /TiVo

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1
Intro (feat. Scott Mills)
00:00:30

Andreas John, Composer, Mixer - Erik Macholl, Composer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Rüdiger Brans, Composer, Lyricist - Scott Mills, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

2
Candy Shop
00:03:18

Curtis Jackson, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - Scott Storch, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

3
I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
00:02:53

Max Martin, Composer, Lyricist - Dido Armstrong, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - Rami Yacoub, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

4
Hello
00:02:50

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Martina Sorbara, Composer, Lyricist - Martin Soveig, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

5
Quit Playing Games
00:02:52

Herbert Crichlow, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Martin Karl Sandberg, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

6
Paparazzi
00:02:46

Robert Fusari, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Stefani Germanotta, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

7
Bitch
00:03:36

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Shelly M. Peiken, Composer, Lyricist - Meredith Anne Brooks, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

8
Ghetto Superstar
00:02:56

Russell Jones, Composer, Lyricist - Samuel Michel, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Barry Gibb, Composer, Lyricist - Robin Gibb, Composer, Lyricist - WYCLEF JEAN, Composer, Lyricist - Maurice Gibb, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

9
California Gurls
00:04:13

Max Martin, Composer, Lyricist - Lukasz Gottwald, Composer, Lyricist - Benjamin Levin, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Katy Perry, Composer, Lyricist - Bonnie McKee, Composer, Lyricist - Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

10
Hard Not to Cry
00:03:02

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Rüdiger Brans, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

11
Coming Home
00:03:09

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Shawn C. Carter, Composer, Lyricist - Holly, Composer, Lyricist - Brook, Composer, Lyricist - Alexander Junior Grant, Composer, Lyricist - Jermaine Antony Cole, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

12
Tik Tok
00:03:42

Lukasz Gottwald, Composer, Lyricist - Benjamin Levin, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - Kesha Sebert, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

13
Follow Me
00:02:52

Michael Bradford, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - Matthew Shafer, Composer, Lyricist - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

14
Miami
00:03:44

Samuel J. Barnes, Composer, Lyricist - Ryan Toby, Composer, Lyricist - Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Stephen Shockley, Composer, Lyricist - Leon Frank Jr. Sylvers, Composer, Lyricist - Willard C. Smith, Composer, Lyricist - William B. Shelby, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

15
This Is a Night (Het is een Nacht) [feat. Guus Meeuwis]
00:03:07

Andreas John, Mixer - The Baseballs, MainArtist - JMC Music, Producer - Guus Meeuwis, Composer, Lyricist

© 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2011 Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH / A WarnerMusic Group Company

Album Description

Following in the footsteps of Nouvelle Vague and Hayseed Dixie, German trio the Baseballs proved that the concept of the covers band needn't always be confined to weddings and bar mitzvahs with their debut album, Strike. Reviving the sounds of the '50s, their old-fashioned rock & roll interpretations of contemporary pop hits saw them enter the Top Ten across nine European countries, but now with the element of surprise removed, they face an uphill task if they are to avoid the novelty wearing off with their second album, Strings 'n' Stripes. Luckily, the Elvis lookalikes have upped the ante on their 14 tracks with a braver selection of song choices and their first-ever original composition, "Hard Not to Cry," an authentic barbershop quartet-inspired tale of heartbreak which could comfortably fit onto a vintage jukebox playlist. As on their first offering, there are retro adaptations of tracks by Lady Gaga (a shuffling guitar-twanging take on "Paparazzi") and Katy Perry (a shimmering melodramatic rendition of "California Gurls"), but elsewhere, the Berliners showcase an entirely new artist repertoire, with a Roy Orbison-esque reworking of Martin Solveig's floor-filler "Hello," a classic surf rock spin on Kesha's party anthem "Tik Tok," and a melancholic, doo wop retooling of Backstreet Boys' "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," sitting alongside adventurous but surprisingly effective forays into hip-hop territory on infectious tongue-in-cheek rockabilly versions of 50 Cent's "Candy Shop," Pras' "Ghetto Superstar," and Will Smith's "Miami." The old-school makeovers don't always work, as the feisty, empowering alt rock of Meredith Brooks' "Bitch" is rendered rather tame with its AM Pop harmonies and unnecessary lyrical changes, while the original version of Uncle Kracker's "Follow Me" managed to capture the American trad rock vibes more convincingly than the rather pedestrian arrangement included here. But overall, Strings 'n' Stripes is as feel-good as its predecessor which, as Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills describes on the '50s-style radio announcement intro, encapsulates "the sweet taste of summer."
© Jon O'Brien /TiVo

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