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Bret McKenzie - Songs Without Jokes (LP) [Blue]

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Limited blue and white smoke colored vinyl LP pressing. 2022 release. As you can probably glean from the title- Bret McKenzie-whom you know from such modern musical treasures as comedy duo Flight of the Conchords the Muppets movie reboots and other ace kid-film soundtracks Lord of the Rings fan blogs guest songs for The Simpsons cycling around the streets in his native New Zealand and more- has a new solo record filled with songs that ARE NOT COMEDY SONGS! There. Doesn't that feel better? Sometimes it helps just to get it out in the open. The album reveals McKenzie's talents on multiple instruments (he's a veteran of several non-comedy bands in New Zealand back in the day most notably the reggae-based fusion group The Black Seeds) and his affinity for wry literate artists like Harry Nilsson Steely Dan Randy Newman and Dire Straits. While the album may be free of traditional punch lines it doesn't lack a sense of humor. It showcases a new stage of McKenzie's career to be sure but one that isn't so far removed from his past work and true artistic self. Like Jim Henson before him who made a career of blending the silly with the sincere and the playful with the profound McKenzie also aims to connect rainbows to the ridiculous. - - - TracksCredits - 1 This World - 2 If You Wanna Go - 3 Dave's Place - 4 Here for You - 5 That's L.A - 6 Up in Smoke - 7 Carry on - 8 A Little Tune - 9 America Goodbye - 10 Tomorrow Today - 11 Crazy Times -
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