Praise for Oompa!
“Don’t let the picture fool you – Sabrina Chap’s forlorn album cover of Oompa! doesn’t reflect what’s inside: bouncing rhythms, complex instrumentation, and intelligent lyrics covering everything from heartache to performing femininity.”
“. . .a knee slapping, bawdy good time.”
THE KILLING FLOOR
“This album deserves more attention than it’s getting, and Chap deserves to be a star.”
“Oompa! is cabaret music, a sort of proto-lounge jazz that’s best enjoyed in an intimate club, drink in hand and friends at your side…a very strong album.”
“Sabrina Chap is guaranteeably vaudevillian chic and undeniably impressive.
“The admirable thing about vaudeville is that it really can’t be done half-heartedly. It’s a style that requires a lotta shoulder-shimmy and real fire in the belly. If you can’t channel that awesome power of entertainment, the spotlight will drift away quicker than the tip of a hat. A good thing, then, that Sabrina Chap has this ability by the barrel.”
WEARS THE TROUSERS (UK)
“I don’t offer these artists (Dresden Dolls, Jolie Holland, Squirrel Nut Zippers) up to slight Chap as derivative, but rather to put her in a larger context of artists. I believe Chap’s talents stand up on their own.”
FEMINIST MUSIC GEEK & FEMINIST REVIEW
“The entire album evokes images of gin-soaked prohibition-era parties, and I immediately wanted to drag out my flapper dress and herd my friends to a speakeasy.”
THREE IMAGINARY GIRLS