I Wake Up Screaming - Kid Creole & the Coconuts
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  • Band members: Kid Creole
  • Summary: Hercules Aand Love Affair's Andrew Butler produced the first album in over more than a decade for Thomas August Darnell's alter ego Kid Creole.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    80
    The Kid's voice has aged, lowered, and mellowed, but otherwise you'd think this witty genre-spanning, time-jumping collection of tropical kitsch and too-cool nostalgia came from the group's golden era.
  2. Nov 11, 2011
    80
    Darnell has written and produced as many alluringly and subtly contagious melodies -- featuring lyrics rapt with cuttingly humorous tales of ruined relations, self-satisfying sexuality, vacation thrills and street-level detritus -- as Sondheim. [#81, p. 57]
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    80
    I Wake Up Screaming is an absolute delight, a rhythmically exhilarating, lyrically humorous, melodically intoxicating collection of thirteen terrific songs.
  4. Sep 27, 2011
    70
    Creole's comeback mixes genres, wit and personal history with an amicable charisma that could only be cultivated by the type of guy who wears a zoot suit and a fedora any time after 1943.
  5. Dec 5, 2011
    70
    Its utter ahistoricity is one of its more charming dimensions, in a "why not?" sort of way. [Sep 2011, p.52]
  6. Sep 27, 2011
    70
    The first in 14 years, sounds more alive and wriggling than you'd expect, a collection of Antillean beats, lean guitars, rumba vamps and rapid-fire teasing lyrics.
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    His first album in 14 years sounds more like a Ronnie Barker pastiche, constantly playing for laughs and often reworking the calypso rhythms of "Annie I'm Not Your Daddy." [Nov 2011, p.89]

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