Saturday, September 18, 2010

Nobunny 'First Blood'

I mean to employ no sort of hyperbole when I say that this is easily one of my favorite albums of the year, and it's only been spinning at home, in the car and on my iPod too, for merely a week. Nobunny wraps up decades worth of musical history into two, three minute garage pop songs. The fact Nobunny's influences are unabashedly laid bare makes everything feel less precious and more fun. 'First Blood' pays homage to acts like Chuck Berry, Hasil Adkins and Buddy Holly while standing out entirely on its own. What separates this new album from his first is introducing slower tracks like 'Breathe'. Ever since it was brought up that it kinda sounds like a New Pornographers song, I can't seem to shake it outta my head because they kinda have a point. These incredibly tight pop songs' accessibility is proving to serve Nobunny well as his relentless touring is reaching newer audiences.

'First Blood' touches on personal subject matter in some songs, but here it's not all about being serious but keeping your chin up and having a good time. The party stompers are aplenty like 'Live It Up', 'Do The (Fuck Yourself)' and a new version of the 'Motorhead With Me' 7" is on here too. Piano parts are still a key to the songs, especially on 'Never Been Kissed' that brings you right back to the 50's. The album winds down with a low rubbery bass 'I Was On (The Bozo Show)'. It merges the kind of free ring circus experienced at his (amazing!) live shows to record and before you know it, you're wondering where that 25 minutes disappeared to and you go back for more. Nobunny loves you? WE LOVE YOU NOBUNNEEEE!

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