Tropical Brainstorm

Renowned for her chart-topping singles—including "Walking Down Madison" and "They Don't Know" (immortalized by Tracey Ullman)—veteran British chanteuse/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was also

Renowned for her chart-topping singles—including "Walking Down Madison" and "They Don't Know" (immortalized by Tracey Ullman)—veteran British chanteuse/songwriter Kirsty MacColl was also celebrated for her collaborations with the Pogues, the Smiths, and Talking Heads, among others. Her sharp-witted and unabashedly classic English sensibilities were revered. Tropical Brainstorm was to mark a brilliant new chapter in the artist's illustrious 21-year career. Sadly, the siren's life was cut short late last year, following a tragic speedboating accident off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico. Kirsty's much-anticipated final recording is a triumphant collection that revels in sumptuous pop songs laced with a jubilant hybrid of Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. Sparkling and powerful, Tropical Brainstorm contains some of the artist's most vibrant work in years, including the electro-leaning textures of "Mambo de La Luna," the sexy, scandalous "In These Shoes?," the languid "Autumngirlsoup," and the bouncy, playful "Us Amazonians." In the end, Tropical Brainstorm is a stunning testament to MacColl's powerful songwriting and passion for Latin culture.—CR