I agree! I have her two solo albums "'78" and "Love Handle" and she has a marvelous voice. I have never heard any of the Pink Martini stuff, but I do really like her.
11 responses Add your response
Pink Martini is about as much fun as any music lover will ever find. Their music is so eclectic. China is a phenomenon. Her voice is a gift from God. I regularly enjoy all 4 Pink Martini albums. If you haven't heard them, make the effort! Hang on Little Tomato might be a good place to start. China is a Siren!
Oy vey. I live in Portland, ground zero for the Pink Martini phenomenon. It's amazing that the gestalt of our little city is defined by Tonya Harding, Pink Martini, and having more strip clubs per capita than any other city in America. There's some good stuff going on here as well and that stuff ain't it.
I'm a big fan of China and Pink Martini but I would say she is uneven, ranging from the good to the excellent. So don't overdo it. An example: the French song about Syracuse (Sicily), track 10 on Hey Eugene, features some ineffective, shakey singing by China (it's a wonderful, show-off-your-stereo song, BTW, but not so much because of CF). That said, she is often excellent.
You know who really rocks on that band - Gavin the trumpeter. He is out of this world good.