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Say Hi To Your Mom
Ferocious Mopes
Euphobia Records

Despite rumors that Eric Elbogen would be recording the newest release from his be-a-part-of-our-secret-club band Say Hi To Your Mom as a full band effort, this recording is the same perfect blend of minimalism and pop sensibility that his two previous recordings contained. The band is nowhere to be found; instead, we are given yet another chapter in the saga of the man who sat alone in his NYC apartment and thought up songs about stuff that we shouldn't really care about, but we do. We care so much. Like Faith No More, we care a lot.

The songs on Ferocious Mopes attain the same indie rock perfection that Discosadness and Numbers & Mumbles both attained. Keyboards come chiming in at the most opportune of times, and guitars are thick and sonic, without being overpowering or overdone. Drums alternate between Elbogen's excellent drum machine programming and live kit on a few tracks, just like before. The overall feeling of Ferocious Mopes is one of continuance; not a lot of new ground being broken, just good indie rock being done just the exact right way.

"The Twenty-Second Century" kicks the album off in high gear with its powerful guitars and brilliant drumming, drawing near a point of being BRMC, but without the out of control feedback and overly distorted guitars. "The Death Of Girl Number Two" continues to evolve the fearsome zombie stories of Eric Elbogen, spinning a lovelorn twist on an already twisted tale. The lyrical highpoint on the record is "Yeah, I'm In Love With An Android" - filled with sparse guitars, slow piano, and the satirical whit that the world has come to expect from Say Hi. Atmospheric textures suspend the otherworldly delightful "I Think I'll Be A Good Ghost". The song is airy and light, while telling an oddly sad and whimsical story of the afterlife. Pop bliss is attained on "Dimensions And Verticals" through the use of thick analog synthesizers, crisp drumming, and densely chorded electric guitars. A final show of brilliance is given with "As Smart As Geek Is Chic Right Now"; Elbogen wows with a very short story accompanied by acoustic guitar about toys that had become too smart, and rush headlong to meet their untimely end. It amazes me that in so few lines of prose, any modern songwriter can express not only a societal problem, but also slip in so many clever phrases as to establish himself on equal footing with some of the great poets of the 20th century.

This record will surely be showing up on a number of "Best Of 2005" lists, both here at Hybrid, as well as anywhere else people might know what good music really is. Musically, Ferocious Mopes is a wonderfully diverse and engaging record, but Elbogen's brilliant witty lyricism once again shines as the driving force behind the magic of Say Hi To Your Mom.

Really, the only thing that I can pinpoint as actually missing from this new record is the adorable little baby robot on the cover. I miss the baby robot. I don't want to grow up. Please bring him back.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. The Twenty-Second Century
2. The Death Of Girl Number Two
3. The Forest Scares The Hell Out Of Me
4. Yeah, I'm In Love With An Android
5. I Think I'll Be A Good Ghost
6. Dimensions And Verticals
7. Recurring Motifs In Historical Flirtings
8. Mosquitos In The Stucco
9. Poor Pete Is A Bit Self Conscious
10. As Smart As Geek Is Chic Right Now

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