Punishing Kiss is a studio album by German singer Ute Lemper, released in 2000 by Decca Records. It is the product of a collaboration between Lemper and the Divine Comedy and includes songs by the latter artist, as well as Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, Philip Glass, Tom Waits, Scott Walker and Ute Lemper's signature artist, Kurt Weill.

Punishing Kiss
Studio album by
Released27 March 2000
RecordedThe Town House, London & Right Track Studios, New York, 1999
Stanley House, Westside, The Town House & Sarm West Studios, London, 1999
Sorcerer Sound, New York, 1999
ProducerJon Jacobs
Scott Walker
Hal Willner
Professional ratings
Review scores
Music OMH(Positive)[3]

Most of the songs feature the Divine Comedy as Lemper's backing band. Neil Hannon and Joby Talbot also contributed two original songs and an arrangement of Brecht and Weill's "Tango Ballad", while Hannon sang two songs ("Tango Ballad", "Split") as duets with Lemper.

The French version of the album includes a bonus CD with three songs in French. Arthur H sings with Lemper on "Maison Close", the translation of "Tango Ballad". The Japanese version of the album includes an additional track: "Lullaby", written by Scott Walker.

Legacy edit

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[4]

Track listing edit

1."Little Water Song"Bruno Pisek, Nick Cave3:59
2."The Case Continues"Neil Hannon, Joby Talbot3:52
3."Passionate Fight"Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve4:14
4."Tango Ballad"Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill4:59
5."Couldn't You Keep That to Yourself"Costello2:50
6."Streets of Berlin"Martin Sherman, Philip Glass4:01
7."The Part You Throw Away"Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan4:40
8."Split"Hannon, Talbot3:43
9."Punishing Kiss"Costello, Cait O'Riordan4:33
10."Purple Avenue"Waits4:23
11."You Were Meant For Me"Hannon, Talbot5:17
12."Scope J"Scott Walker10:56
Japanese edition bonus track
13."Lullaby (By-By-By)"Walker11:06
Bonus French Language CD
1."Maison Close" (Version of "Tango Ballad")Brecht, Weill5:14
2."L'Affaire Continue" (Version of "The Case Continues")Hannon, Talbot3:53
3."Petite Chanson d'Eau" (Version of "Little Water Song")Pisek, Cave3:57

Chart positions edit

Chart (2000) Peak
U.K. Albums Chart[5] 104

References edit

  1. ^ Bambarger, Bradley (23 October 1999). "Cabaret Siren Ute Lemper Goes Avant-Pop; Weill Centenary Brings New Publications". Billboard. 111 (43): 44. Retrieved 21 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Punishing Kiss review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  3. ^ Music OMH review
  4. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  5. ^ "Zobbel". Compiled & edited by Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz, 1994–2009, all rights reserved. Retrieved 2011-01-16.

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