Be OK

Album Review of Be OK by Deep Throat Choir.

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Be OK

Deep Throat Choir

Release Date: Feb 17, 2017
Record label: Bella Union
Genre(s): Vocal

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Be OK - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

U nder the guidance of celebrity choirmaster Gareth Malone and his hit TV shows, choirs - from NHS to Military Wives - have made a significant dent in the charts this decade. Deep Throat Choir, an all-female, East London-based outfit founded by Luisa Gerstein of experimental group Landshapes, might share the same feelgood factor as those ensembles, but aren't cut from quite the same tear-jerking cloth. Their saucy moniker promises something more subversive, and belying the sweet, swelling harmonies delivered in this collection of covers and original compositions is an erotic thread that runs from a cover of Amy Winehouse's typically frank In My Bed to the drunk-in-love sensuality of self-penned opener Ada.

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Record Collector - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Formed in 2013 by Luisa Gerstein (who has worked with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs among others), Deep Throat Choir are a vocal and percussion only, all-female ensemble who meet at a church in East London every week. Its members vary in experience, but all have great passion for what they do, which is evident in Be Ok, their debut album. Collaborating with artists such as Matthew E White and Stealing Sheep, they've built a great word-of-mouth reputation, playing gigs ranging from festivals to parties.

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Drowned In Sound - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

The all-female singing collective Deep Throat Choir formed in Hackney in 2013. As they grew in numbers, so did their reputation, by virtue of a series of festival performances and supporting slots for artists like Matthew E. White. If you've been lucky enough to catch the ensemble at such an event you'll be familiar with their intoxicating performances and musical prowess.

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