Some of the best albums to listen to are the ones that make you feel as if you were living a movie, an album that may not have its own cinematic through line, but puts you firmly in the starring role by virtue of its own awesomness. Black Lipstick Kiss by Random Order is one such album. Clearly influenced by the tones and aesthetic in Quentin Tarantino films and the James Bond franchise, Black Lipstick Kiss plants a big wet one on you.
Full disclosure, I am a huge fan of Quentin Tarantino. So when a band says that their music is influenced by his work, and captures his flair, I immediately tune in. I was not disappointed with Black Lipstick Kiss. The unique thing about Tarantino flims is that he blends and utilizes so many genres to make something new yet familiar. The same can be said for what Random Order has done with this album. Dark and sensual lyrics juxtaposed with upbeat music. Touching several genres such as rock, soul, blues and a little pop, Random Order has constructed a consistent yet eclectic sound.
Black Lipstick Kiss uses each song to explore a different facet of their influence. The use of brass and rockabilly on the instrumental tracks “Do it in Quatro” and “Subway Girl” makes for a 60’s bossanova vibe. Your personal opening and closing credits sequence. There are even touches of Spanish flamenco music throughout the album. The international feel was much appreciated.
In all, Black Lipstick Kiss was able to the goals set by Random Order. Offering enough cohesive sound to make the band stand out, this is a byproduct of their almost 20 year time together, and also creates an album steeped in variety. The album is cool, it is fun, and it begs you to listen to it multiple times. There’s no way you can listen to Black Lipstick Kiss and not find a favorite song, almost impossible. Now throw on a black suit, get three fingers of whiskey, and let the Random Order lay one on ya.
Worth a Listen: Black Lipstick Kiss, Do it in Quatro, Subway Girl"
Black Lipstick Kiss will be available July, 29