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Whip It Baby!

by Lovewhip

A classic! Lovewhip's original debut album. A danceable mélange of calypso and African beats.
Genre: World: African
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1. No More You
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2. Nairobi
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3. Oh Dear Jehu
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4. Come Down J.J.
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5. Rudies in Stereo
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6. Bodega, My Son
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8. I Don't Care
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A classic! Lovewhip's original debut album. A danceable mélange of calypso and African beats.


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Joel Simches Noise Magazine

Lovewhip is Club Med for the soul!!
“Wherever you go, there you are.” Lovewhip seems to be everywhere. It would be too easy to say that
Lovewhip is a ska band, or a reggae band, or a soukous band, or a Carribean band, or a dancehall band.
Sure that would be easy, but the problem is that Lovewhip seems to be all these things at once, and more.
Their complex, island-inflected rhythms combine and clash so recklessly with salsa guitars, a chewy horn
section, relentless percussives, and Erin Harpe’s downright, deliberate, lounge-lizard vocal approach, that it makes my head spin. I can count bands that evoke this kind of sound on one foot and Lovewhip’s latest cd, "Whip It Baby!!", will take you to island ecstasy faster than 100 proof Captain Morgan’s sipped from a coconut. Lovewhip is Club Med for the soul. Yeah!!!

Grassroots Entertainment

Tasty grooves and liquid smooth sounds from another great band from the Boston a
A sassy and bold album complete with a salsa and ska sound that at times is remniscent of Blondie and others including the Talking Heads, but all in all a completely unique sound for Lovewhip.
Up tempo tunes carry you through movers such as Rudies In Stereo, Nairobi and I Don't Care to close out the album. The
trumpets and brass causes the groove along with a reggae/salsa rythm.

Amy Laurent

the bomb baby
Erins voice is so hot and the instrumentals rock. the way you guys bring it all together is off the hook. you guys really have your shit together. i wouldn't be surprised to find your cd in a local record store any time soon. ONLY COMPLAINT: you need to play in more states please don't deprive CT much longer. love, amy

John Mooney

Great Stuff! You'll love it! Great Band! Erin Harpe sings like an angel!
It's awesome!

Niarobe! great song. but then all the songs on this cd are great.

Daisy Larom

"Whip it Baby" is so great, I've been listening to it nonstop since I got it!
Whipit Baby is totally groovin! I wish I could see Lovewhip live again. The CD sounds great, and every song is rockin, my friends love it too. I'll definitely buy another CD soon enough. Rock on Lovewhip!

Jonathan Ruhe - Digital City Boston

Lovewhip's juju is a joyous frenzy!!
Lovewhip has recognized that there's no reason, especially in these ska-intensive times, that another form of high-energy, dance-friendly music cannot make a few inroads.
With Erin Harpe's bluesy vocals, and touches of ska, Latin, and dancehall in the mix, Lovewhip's juju is a joyous frenzy that does not encourage sitting still.

Michael Tolland - High Bias

The lilting melodies and itchyfoot rhythms matter most here!
Boston's Lovewhip dedicate themselves to finding the spot where African, Jamaican and Latin music meet for dancing and drinks on their latest album Whip It Baby! With bouncy African juju music as the stylistic base, the band adds elements of ska, dancehall and Afro-Cuban dance musics into a stew whose aroma is irresistible to anyone with a taste for music outside that box labeled "safe, homogenized pop." Not that the songs are particularly challenging, mind you?there's not a sharp edge to be found here, and singer/guitarist Erin Harpe and bassist Jim Countryman write the kind of songs no one will mistake for Bob Dylanesque profundities. They do pay some attention to lyrical craftsmanship, however, and besides, lyrical depth is quite beside the point with songs this buoyant. The lilting melodies and itchyfoot rhythms matter most here, and Whip It's eight songs are stuffed full of them. Who needs 4/4 time to shake hips? For fans of: Paul Simon's Graceland, King Sunny Ade, Ozomatli

Michael Allison

Lovewhip has an uplifting groove that is pure excitement!
There is just something about the sound that is brought together by combining horns and guitars that makes music so happy and enjoyable. Top it off with great vocals and a smooth arrangement and you have Lovewhip. Their world pop sound incorporates jazz, reggae, ska, and great musicianship to create a great sound and excellent collection of songs. "Whip it Baby!" is a well written album that contains eight excellent tracks, each one with a style and texture that is unmatched by anyone I've heard. Erin Harpe has one of the best sounding voices in music and I believe could sing just about anything and make it sound exceptional.
Every track on the CD is worth mentioning, but the songs that are sticking in my head right now are 'No More You,' 'Come Down J.J.' and 'Bodega, My Son.' These songs have that uplifting groove that is pure excitement. Each song on the album gives the listener the image of a great party-like atmosphere. I was very pleased with this CD and really
can't wait to hear it again. I haven't been this excited about a CD or band in a long time. Lovewhip creates great music, it's that simple. Grant Thayer

Great World Pop debut from Boston's Lovewhip
A great new cd my way is Lovewhip's 8 song cd called "Whip It Baby!". This
Jamaican Plain six piece band has been playing shows around JP and other
Boston digs over the past year or so. Lovewhip's sound is heavy on the
calypso, reggae an island percussion. The songs are driven by great female
vocals and strong guitar. The album is available through the band at
shows, also you can check out for more info about
upcoming shows and other info.

Kevin Slick/ Gajoob Magazine

Silky sliding slippery grooves of liquid delight!
Lovewhip is an excellent companion to a summers day. By now borrowed grooves from Africa are nothing new and if anything the ante has been upped. If you're going to incorporate Afro rhythms it had better sound fresh. Lovewhip has taken liberal doses of juju music and used it as an engine to drive a train full of good old Americana down the line. I heard a distinctive early rock and roll mixed with the freewheeling backbeat. Vocalist Erin Harpe would sound at home singing the blues or country. Lovewhip's music also features a much wider range of tempos and melodies than its cousin ska offers. It's a unique sounding album and worth hearing. With all the various groups who have sampled from the land of Africa, Lovewhip can lay claim to a singular sound and that's
something special..

Reviewed by Bryan Baker 8/1/2000.
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