PRINT December 2004

Music: Best of 2004

Johanna Fateman


1. Kiki and Herb (Royal Albert Hall, London) Finally a venue grand enough to showcase the hallucinatory architecture of this duo’s masterful, genre-spanning medleys. Kiki and Herb—looking fantastic—delivered their coup de grâce (“Total Eclipse of the Heart”) to a confounded audience waiting patiently for headline act the Scissor Sisters.

2. White Magic, Through the Sun Door (Drag City) Mira Bilotte’s voice is beautiful and the production is trippy. Perfect songs for feeling sad—or spending the night alone in a haunted house.

3. Tracy & the Plastics, Culture for Pigeon (Troubleman Unlimited) Those already addicted to Wynne Greenwood’s cable-access, Candyland-style feminist audio/video projects will welcome the stepped-up production values of this recording, while new listeners will find the vocal intimacy of Culture for Pigeon the perfect introduction to her conceptual world.

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