This is the first album from Plastic Jeezus, and it is undoubtedly the best ukulele based comedy album released this year. Admittedly that may sound like damning with faint praise, but it is always entertaining and almost annoyingly catchy. Calling it a comedy album may actually be doing it a bit of a disservice. Certainly the humour is front and centre at all times, but while comedy albums don't keep the interest much past when the punchlines hit, this album holds up to repeated listening.
Coming across like the strange offspring of Misty's Big Adventure and Squeeze, Plastic Jeezus provide an often bizarre commentary on some of life's mundanities, including bus journeys, dad dancing, and trying to convince an old love to give him a second chance. Of course there are some more outlandish inspirations here. Stalker Song is about… well, the clue is in the title. Mantrap! Is about mice setting up a… well you probably get the idea actually.
While the whole album is a lot of fun, there are two particular highlights. Delete As Appropriate is an alternative pop style love song that is fully customisable to fit almost any scenario. It is also one of the cleverest songs on the album. So Damn Rock & Roll is gloriously ironic, and will leave you singing it to yourself for a long time afterwards. Not that it is unique for that; the likes of Buzzcuts, Here Be Monsters and The Other Place are all quality earworms too.
Whether or not the comedic nature of the album appeals to you, there is a lot to love in here. If nothing else, it provides some wonderful escapism when the real world gets too much.
|Robert Lane: Right By My Side||Greg Russell: Inclined To Be Red|
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