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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Braids - Here We Come (1998)

The Braids were, to my surprise (once again), a US based duo consisting of lifelong friends Zoë Ellis and Caitlin Cornwell (from the album cover I always assumed they were from the Netherlands for some reason...). They were sought out and brought into the studio by Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of alt-rock group Third Eye Blind, of all people. He wanted to record a hip-hop version of Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody", which the label wanted for the soundtrack to the film High School High. Though he originally imagined a quartet, the ladies did such a great job that he left it as a duo. The song became a hit around the world, even almost making the Billboard Top 40. They released their only album soon after. It included a pretty diverse collection of original songs as well as a couple more unexpected covers. Jenkins produced the entire album and it seems he wanted an eclectic mix, as the songs range from rock to hip hop to funk to techno and beyond. The Braids also released their covers of David Bowie's "Young Americans" and Cat Stevens' "The Wind" as singles with dance mixes, but they were vast departures from their debut single and they went nowhere. The album was likely too diverse for mass public consumption, though it is good. The ladies recorded nothing more as The Braids, but they continued to do backing vocals together. Zoë has continued to record, releasing an independent jazz album, while Caitlin is part of conscious funk collective Bop City.

Video for Bohemian Rhapsody

Download Here We Come

1
Bohemian Rhapsody
2
The Wind
3
Giant Steps
4
Young Americans
5
I Don't Feel You Anymore
6
Something To Believe In
7
Jazzy Life
8
Static In The Wire
9
Fire Escape
10
Mine Is My Own
11
Bohemian Rhapsody (Acoustic)

5 comments:

  1. I just left a comment about Cleo Higgins Too Blind Too See It cover (so you know who i am...)


    Thank You so much for this album. I swear i loved this song in 98, its on my iPod and i look forward to hearing their album xoxox Thank You

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  2. To Whom It May Concern:

    Is There a way that I can download the album? The link does not work and I been looking for this album since 2000. If you could e-mail me and let me know, I would really appreciate it. Thank you so much again

    Craig
    pitbull4christ@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, this is Craig again, I pressed the link to the site and it doesn't work, can someone please e-mail it to me? My e-mail address is pitbull4christ@gmail.com

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    2. The link was dead. It's been reupped again.

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