The songs are sticking in my head! They're so darn good! Beautiful chord progressions and nifty melody lines! And fun lyrics!
A rundown of my favorite songs from it:
Celebrity - "Don't call me a zero. I'm gonna be a hero. Like Phil Esposito or the Kennedys." "All the clocks'll stop / And all the jeans will cream..." Starts off with a piano line that's got a lovely evening-sky blue sound to it.
Maybe Katie - "What's so maybeabout... what's so maybe aboooout! What's so maybeabout... Kaaaatie?" I can't stop dancing to this one! The chorus is backed by some sort of nifty glidey, vaguely organ-like tune that always makes me go "wooo".
Another Postcard - "Another postcard, with chimpanzeeeees / And every one is addressed to meeeee." "Some chimps in swimsuits, some chimps are swinging from a vine / Some chimps in jackboots, some chimps that wish they could be mine / Starsky and Hutch chimps, a chimp who's sitting on the can / A pair of Dutch chimps, who send their love from Amsterdam." This is a really funny song with some fast pattersinging from Ed Robertson reminiscent of his "free-association bullshit" raps from "One Week". It occurred to me on the drive up that this song could be the basis of a really good puppet or fursuit act! It'd take a lot of planning, props and practice to do it justice, though. Maybe some people could help me put something together in time for Further Confusion?
Shopping - This song is insistently fast and funny and must be performed with a big artificial smile plastered to one's face for maximum effect. "It's always lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala, shopping with our friends!"
Aluminum - "A-LUM-i-num to me... al-u-MIN-I-UM to some... You can shine like silver all you want, but you're just aluminum." This one has a melancholy blue to it that's much more later-evening-skyish, going straight into night-sky-stargazer-flavoured. It's just... wooow.
Unfinished - "I left a tip, but it was never a donation / I took a trip, but it was never a vacation." "Everything is un... Everything is unfin... Everything is unfinished." A swingy tune with more of those cool blue chord structures.
I recommend this album!