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  • Cannonball Jane: Knees Up!
    Tuesday, December 4, 2007


    The coolest damn elementary school music teacher returns, and it's about damn time, too! I love the music of Cannonball Jane, and that was well before it was hip to love the fun, cute, and downright groovy melodies of Sharon Hagopian. Ah well, cool factors aside, Ms. Jane's new record, Knees Up!, is a short, brief EP of her brand of pop. Frisky and fun electro-pop with a smidgen of girl-group vocals, the seven songs found here--three of which are remixes, including one by the Beastie Boys' Adrock--are utterly delightful. Okay, I wish there was more new stuff--"Slumber Party" was a highlight of her debut LP, but I really enjoy it, all these years now. And "Breaker Breaker" is a pleasant, lilting mid-tempo popper. I featured it on a Mundane Sounds New Music Sampler a few years ago, so it's one that I've loved for years now."Secret Handshake" and "Bossa Tug" are pretty numbers, though a bit less poppy and a bit more melancholy than the other songs. The key song here, though, is "Take It To Fantastic," a loud, raucous, and downright CONTAGIOUS dance song with grooves that will make your body move. I'm still waiting for that new full-length, because, damn it, it's about time for Cannonball Jane to firmly conquer the world!


    Listen To: "Take It To Fantastic"

    Knees Up! is available now on Gaddycat Records

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