September 1st, 2014

Little Jackie – Queen of Prospect Park

   By Alex Teitz

Little Jackie is a ball of energy that grooves to a beat found in the early 70’s. Little Jackie is Imani Coppola and Adam Pallin. All vocals were recorded and produced by Coppola at The Oven. All songs were mixed by Eber Pinheiro and mastered by Fred Kevorkian. There are some exceptions: “Sweet” was produced and mixed by Tim Myers. “Hater’s Club” was produced by Adrian Harpham, Richard Maheux and Coppola. All other songs were produced by Pallin.
Queen of Prospect Park is a quick moving album that keeps the toes tapping and is hard not to dance to. It captures a style and feel that is close to Diana Ross. The slowest of the ballads on the album are still quick paced. It is hard not to grin, and laugh to some surprising lyrics. The entire album is filled with horns, backup singers, bells, chimes and keyboard beats.
Queen of Prospect Park is 12 treasures of songs. “Sweet” has a slight tropical flare to its repetitive swooning love song. “Hater’s Club” has some lyrics naming names of popular villains in a song that is about missing someone. “Oprah Winfrey” is a comment on celebrity that is as funny as it is quick. “Move to the Beat” is a dance ballad with imaginative ways to describe that nervousness on the dance floor. There is also the gem of a cover, “Dream A Little Dream.” The strongest songs are “Sweet”, “Oprah Winfrey”, “Big Bad” and “Move to the Beat.” “Sweet” being the lead single.
Queen of Prospect Park puts Little Jackie in a new place. It is a strange mix of Diana Ross, Rene Marie and backup vocals mixed with creative lyrics and a fast pace. It feels like it could be played on a turntable in the 60’s or 70’s. Above all the album is fun. It is filled with music that pictures a larger band with a larger sound. For info visit www.facebook.com/littlejackie

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