Tea Party (song)

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"Tea Party"
Kerli Tea Party remixes.jpg
Single by Kerli
from the album Almost Alice
Released June 15, 2010 (2010-06-15)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre
Length 3:29
Label Buena Vista
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Brian Ziff
Kerli singles chronology
"The Creationist"
(2009)
"Tea Party"
(2010)
"Army of Love"
(2011)

"Tea Party" is a song by Estonian recording artist Kerli. It is featured on the album Almost Alice, a multi-artist compilation album which features music that is inspired by the 2010 film Alice in Wonderland[1] released on March 2, 2010.[2] Almost Alice debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and topping Billboard's Digital Albums and Soundtracks charts.[2]

"Tea Party" was released as a single from the Almost Alice soundtrack[3] through a maxi single featuring the song and six remixes that was released on June 15, 2010.[4]

The music video, which is directed by Justin Harder, premiered on March 10, 2010.[5]

Composition[edit]

Kerli stated she wanted to create something "psychedelic [and] twisted" and inspired by the Alice in Wonderland film.[6]

Release[edit]

Kerli stated it was intended that the song would never see its proper release as a single as she feels her upcoming second studio album is better and she "didn't want the label to fully go with something like 'Tea Party' as a single and then not push all the other stuff if 'Tea Party' didn't do everything they needed it to."[7] However, a remix single was given a digital release on June 15, 2010.[4][8]

Critical reception[edit]

USA Today gave "Tea Party" a positive review while criticizing the Almost Alice album as a whole, citing it as "curiously meek" and stating the album lacked an Alice in Wonderland theme with the exception of "Tea Party": a "bouncy, innuendo-packed slice of dance pop that will have parents wondering how it slipped past Disney censors."[9]

About.com opined that the track "meld[s] the styles of Avril Lavigne and Lady Gaga for an energetic electro-pop number that seems uncharacteristic for her, despite how much fun it is."[10]

The Houston Chronicle gave Almost Alice a negative review along with "Tea Party", saying the song could have "benefited from a more adventurous arrangement".[11]

Music video[edit]

Kerli pours potion into the tea before it is served.

The music video is directed by Justin Harder and debuted on March 10, 2010.[5] It features Kerli throwing a lavish tea party with her guests in abstract make-up and costumes. It is revealed towards the end Kerli added a potion to the tea which causes the guests to turn into dolls which she collects and places on a shelf.

Live performances[edit]

Kerli performed "Tea Party", "Walking on Air" and "Strange" at the Alice in Wonderland Ultimate Fan Event at the Hollywood and Highland Center on February 19, 2010. The performance was a promotion of the Alice in Wonderland film and its soundtrack.[12]

On May 26, 2010, Kerli performed "Tea Party" at the opening night of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising exhibit for Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles, California.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Digital maxi single
  1. "Tea Party" – 3:28
  2. "Tea Party" (Jason Nevins Radio Remix) – 3:12
  3. "Tea Party" (Jason Nevins Extended Remix) – 5:55
  4. "Tea Party" (Jason Nevins Extended Instrumental) – 5:55
  5. "Tea Party" (Chew Espresso Fix) – 3:49
  6. "Tea Party" (Chew Espresso Fix Extended) – 5:55
  7. "Tea Party" (Chew Espresso Fix Extended Instrumental) – 5:55

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walt Disney Records (Press Release) (January 12, 2010). "Buena Vista Records Presents ALMOST ALICE Featuring Other Voices from WONDERLAND". Earth Times. Business Wire. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Almost Alice Debuts At No 5 On The Billboard 200". Top40-Charts.com. March 13, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ Newman, Melinda (201-02-23). "Listen: 'Almost Alice' soundtrack takes us down the rabbit hole to prepare us for Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'". HitFix. Archived from the original on 2012-10-03.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ a b "Tea Party (Remixes) by Kerli". iTunes Store US. Apple Inc. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Cheung, Nadine (March 10, 2010). "Video Premiere: Kerli, 'Tea Party'". JSYK. AOL. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Alice in Wonderland: FIDM Exhibit". Facebook. Retrieved June 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ Kerli (May 22, 2010). "Will "Tea Party" be given a proper single release?...". Formspring.me. Retrieved May 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Tea Party: Kerli". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  9. ^ "As for this sonic 'Alice,' don't ask". USA Today. Gannett Company. March 2, 2010. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  10. ^ Slomowicz, DJ Ron (May 8, 2010). "Song of the Day: Kerli – "Tea Party"". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ Guerra, Joey (March 1, 2010). "Almost Alice loses its way". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved October 7, 2010. 
  12. ^ Hackett, Greg (February 24, 2010). "The party to beat all parties". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ Madison, Diana (May 27, 2010). "Disney's Alice In Wonderland Exhibition at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising". Hollyscoop. DNA Group, Inc. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 

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