The Red Elvises

I Wanna See You Belly Dance

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With a band name like Red Elvises, it's a given that the group has tendencies toward zaniness. On I Wanna See You Bellydance, zany pretty much sums up the Red Elvises' theatrical mix of surf, rockabilly and traditional Siberian music. Few surf-a-billy groups include balalaikas among their gear, but the Red Elvises find a way to make it sound natural, if quirky, within the context of the album. Rave-ups like the title track, "Rocketman" and "Voodoo Doll" feature tribal drums, twangy guitars, and raucous, Russian-tinged vocals, while "El Nino" shows off the group's genuine intstrumetnal talent. "I'm Not That Kind of Guy" and "Sad Cowboy Song" show off the Red Elvises' abundant sense of humor. For all its heavy kitsch, I Wanna See You Bellydance is entertaining -- and has a surprisingly low annoyance factor.

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