Here we have Berner’s first album proper, and it’s chock full of greatness as it hails apocalyptic thinking. Check out the storytelling and beautiful duet of Clown & Bard, or the history lesson and incisive humour of Maginot Line. Every song here, including the traditional (with Geoff’s lyrics) Volcano God, We All Gotta Be A Prostitute Sometimes, and The Way That Girl Drinks Beer, A Settling Of Accounts… they’re all brilliant. Even better, much as I love when it’s just him and his accordion, these songs really benefit from more instrumentation too.
However, on this run-through of the album, the one song I was curious to revisit was Geoff’s rendition of Carmaig de Forest’s In The Year 2020 (who also appears on this track here). We all know what 2020 was really like and, from 2003, the song pretty much nails it, more or less. Holy hell.
Of course I’m gonna recommend this. We love Geoff Berner here at the KMA.
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