I bought this on a whim, because I like radiohead. My lovely wife likes Dresden Dolls, so she was curious about it too. I also snagged this because it said, on her web site, that there wouldn’t be more of these printed and I wanted to be sure to get my copy before they were gone.
Well, apart from the fact that it’s yet another artist riding the weird little ukulele wave that has happened recently (thanks, Eddie Vedder), it’s exactly what you think it is. Amanda Palmer. A ukulele. Six radiohead songs.
Four of the tracks do add a piano, Exit Music (For A Film) doesn’t even have a ukulele in it – not that I could hear, anyway. And the version of Creep required me to turn the volume down – when she starts the wailing it’s pretty shrill. But it’s still interesting, in that 40s/50s-singers sort of way.
And how does it sound, overall? Actually pretty damn good. It flows well enough. A fun little EP, and an odd little curio. Glad I picked it up.
Tracks: Fake Plastic Trees / High And Dry / No Surprises / Idioteque / Creep (live) / Exit Music (For A Film).
Further to a recent conversation with James, I have (lately) been feeling the urge to try to write haiku. Don’t ask me why, just accept the spasms of my brain. Mind you, it does tie in nicely with my attempt to encapsulate my thoughts in a more succint manner.
Of course, I am terrible at haiku but, of course, this does not stop me. So, here are the first ever haiku for the KMA, comprised of stuff that’s been in my ears this week.
You’ll probably read these in 20 seconds and think I’m copping out, but this was a fun project and you’d be doing yourself a disservice to so quickly dismiss them. It’s difficult to get an album’s-worth of impressions into 17 syllables. Any comments would be appreciated (even in haiku!), so let’s hear it from you, Faithful KMA Readers…
Amanda Palmer – Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
piano freak girl
same, but now solo from Dolls
Belle And Sebastian – The BBC Sessions
twee gods live and free
open, bright spare gorgeous tracks
as it is heard best
Boston Spaceships – The Planets Are Blasted
dropping rawk bombs on the weak
as ever, genius
Broken Social Scene Presents: Kevin Drew – Spirit If
gleeful noise and pop
full indie affectations
played to great effect
Jeff Healey – Mess Of Blues
only makes me miss him more
sweet covers and blues