Had enough Beatles yet? Well too bad here’s some more. The MonaLisa Twins are expected to release their full-length sophomore effort, MonaLisa Twins Play Beatles and More, next month (March 28). The album is a fun-filled romp through the Beatles’ extensive catalogue, from A Hard Days Night all the way to whenever Yoko started showing up for rehearsals. But who are the MonaLisa Twins and why should you care? They’re an actual real life set of twins, not conjoined, but identical with Austrian origins… put another shrimp on the barbie! What’s more surprising is they started their music careers at the tender age of 16 with the release of their debut album When We’re Together. So when the rest of us were learning to parallel park the twins were bopping around the globe, performing in venues and festivals in Continental Europe and the UK.
Since then the ladies have released a follow-up EP, California Dreaming, which is three tracks deep and refreshingly sweet, like a sip of Auntie Anne’s lemonade on a sultry summer day. And with covers like Scott McKenzie’s ‘San Francisco’ and The Mamas and the Papas ‘California Dreaming’ you can bet it’s laced with the good stuff.
Fast-forward to today and the girls are actually getting younger (19) and more accomplished. They’ve released a live concert double CD with covers that stretch the gambit of classic Americana music (‘Stand by Me,’ ‘It’s All Over Now Baby Blue,’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’) to English rock and even Latin music styles ('Samba Pa Ti'). They’ve garnered millions of hits on YouTube… obviously, and appear regularly on internet/college/FM/ radio waves.
MonaLisa Twins Play Beatles and More was initially a fan requested compilation that pretty much took on a life of it’s own. The harmonization of these two girls really adds a fun/modern twist to all the Beatles tunes we’ve come to cherish and love. It’s a shame they didn’t stick their version of ‘When I’m 64’ on the release; it’s one of my personal favorites. There are also a handful of songs from other artists like The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, and Janis Joplin. Ultimately this is a joyful compilation of songs, about as good as a cover album gets. Give it a gander and decide for yourself.
Sounds like: The Beatles, The Easy Beats, Donovan, The Monkeys, Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, and Pink Floyd.