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The Thin Man
H.M.S Mondegreen
Skin And Bone Records

Don't you wish you'd been the first kid on the block to hear Leonard Cohen? If you mention Nick Cave to your friends do they ask puzzled, "The bad what?" No, they do not is the answer they give. Too bad for you then, my silly-bottomed coffee jockey, because I've already heard The Thin Man and you have not...well have you? First let us agree that the accordion is recorded too high in the mix. Now wait, I heard that! Pipe down you! That is not a foregone conclusion as you are trying to be stating that any accordion is too much. Shut your pop-rock hole elst I shut it for you, happy shoes. Now as I was saying, the banjo is a bit jarring at times. Now don't lets start, unclench your brain and unwrap this disc.

H.M.S Mondegreen is packed tight with gypsy sorrow, thoughtful cabaret humor, seaside drunkeness and Kennedy Greenrod's wearily smooth British baritone. The tales of warning and wanting are vivid and comforting with a sense that the conveyor has little say in what is presented, but thank God that he does. Greenrod's songwriting is on the level of the aforementioned Cave, while his characters haven't lost touch with the common man. "The Ballad Of A+M" is spit out bitterly and features the only violin/accordion London Calling dub break ever recorded. The weakest track, the dancy "OK Fine" is passable if you think of an acoustic Shriekback. Or Cohen's Jazz Police. Yeah, I could do without it too, but the trumpets are sweet.

Like an ill-conceived Rosencrantz (or was it Guildenstern?) experiment, "Yes But How Much" unsuccessfully attempts to find a scientific measurement for love. "We poured our love into wee plastic baggies/sealed them with twist ties/we dropped them into the bath/and I thought of Archimedes naked and histerical/and I too felt like running out screaming/but his wife was embarrassed/how can you blame her? You know what the neighbors are like." I rarely use the word, so here goes. Genius.

I demand a recount on my top ten list: the votes from Chicago weren't all in yet. If The Thin Man ever runs into fellow Chicagoan Andrew Bird, God help us all.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:
1. Until The Good Lord Shows His Face
2. The Ballad of A&M
3. Lazarose
4. For Us
5.OK Fine
6.Going, Going, Gone
7.Warm Hands
8.No Fun
9.Yes, But How Much?
10.Take Me Home
11.Sometime Soon

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