117. Vika and Linda – “Princess Tabu”

I’m supposed to be doing these reviews in alphabetical order, but for some reason the following three albums have resided alongside the Buffalo Tom CDs on the shelf for years – presumably because I erroneously assumed Vika & Linda Bull included their surname in their band name. And I’ve listened to this one now, so, alas, the slip-up will be perpetuated.

Bull Vika Linda Pincess Tabu album cover farnhamThe Bull Sisters are stalwarts of the Aussie music landscape. Possessing luscious Polynesian voices that harmonise seamlessly, they occupied the backing slot on many big acts’ hits in the late 80s and early 90s (think Farnham, Kelly, Camilleri, Roach, H&C).

I didn’t buy this album. It came along with my darling missus. It is the album of theirs we listen to least. I find it least representative of the excellent live shows I’ve seen them deliver.

Live these two are powerful singers who harmonise fantastically and bop along at a fair clip.

On this album many of the tracks are lead by one of the pair or the other, and the harmonies are underplayed. Also many of the tracks are at the slow end of the spectrum.

Unlike most albums, the standout tracks are towards the end of the CD. For mine the most exciting tunes are the Tongan language closers ‘Akilotoa and Mano. I’d love to hear more of the more traditional material, rather than the middle of road fare that dominates here.

File under: Lacking that regal feel

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One response to “117. Vika and Linda – “Princess Tabu”

  1. please bring back the all time greatest tongan artist tabu aka lani pulotu to her worldwide fans around the us eastern seaboard. we would like to comment on her exceptional talent as a soloist that brings back nostalgia of life back in the islands. the album came out at a time of remembrance of who you are and where you came from and showing you the way home.

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