Up On The Chair Beatrice

The Psycho Sisters

Rockbeat, 2012


REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Who would’ve thought that Barbara Cowsill’s little girl would grow up to become a Psycho Sister. But so it is for Susan Cowsill of the famous pop singing family of the 1960s.

Vicki Peterson, a founding and current member of the Bangles, and Susan Cowsill have been friends, bandmates, and session singers for over 20 years. They were both members of the Continental Drifters and have toured extensively as a duo under the name Psycho Sisters. What they have not found time to do is enter a recording studio together. That is, until now. Twenty-two years in the making, my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Up On The Chair Beatrice will be released on August 5th.

Peterson and Cowsill took a unique approach to their new album. While they wrote or co-wrote seven of the ten tracks, none are brand new compositions. Instead they reached back into the early 1990s for their material. This means that the release has a retro feel on many of the tracks. The songs have been honed by years of being performed live and now they form the foundation for their album.

This release travels in a number of musical directions and lacks a cohesive feel, but on the other hand, it is always interesting. “Never Never Boys” is a jangling pop piece that would fit nicely onto a Bangles album. “Numb” has strings but at heart is a crunching rock song. “This Painting” and “Gone Fishin’” have are Americana style and tone, which gives them a laidback, rootsy feel. “Heather Says” is a song Cowsill sang as a teenager and her voice reverts back to that time.

At the heart of this disc is their ability to combine their voices into wonderful harmonies. Their voices blend together so seamlessly that at times it is difficult to tell them apart.

The Psycho Sisters has produced an album that should resonate with their fan base and maybe earn them some new ones as well. Up On The Chair Beatrice is an interesting album from two veterans of the American pop scene.

Rating: B

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