Geoff Berner – The Wedding Dance Of The Widow Bride

There is Genuine Talent on this album. Berner sings in a straight-forward voice and a musical stomp about weddings, “history, geography and, possibly, the purpose human life on Earth (ahem).” [Song To Reconcile] And there’s so much more, ranging from Queen Victoria (“I want ornaments on everything!”), to some of what’s right and wrong about this whole thing called life.

These concepts may seem unlistenable, but I assure you that the opposite is definitely true. This album is really cool. It is unlike anything else you’ve heard in a while. It’s proof positive that bongo drums and accordions can co-exist on an album with aplomb. Seriously.

You’ll feel sorry for the Traitor Bride as she falls in love with a soldier from the other side, and feel like you’ve been to Eastern Europe as the violins swirl and the drums bring military precision to the whole affair.

Weep, Bride, Weep is probably the funniest song I’ve heard in a long time. There is much hilarity contained in these six minutes of, well, the most awful (tongue-in-cheek, we hope!) opinions of marriage ever. It’s also definitely the first time I’ve heard wedding preparations compared to the Normandy invasion.

The Fiddler Is A Good Woman, as you’ll learn here, and this is One Hell Of A Worthy CD.

Recommended.

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