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I Am The Messiah

MC Honky Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Feb 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: B Unique
  • ASIN: B00007FOML
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Product Description

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While MC Honkey's origins lie in the playful fringes of alt. rock, I Am the Messiah crosses over into downright goofiness. Mixing post-big beat dance with cocktail lounge-style clichés, Honky (an nom de plume for a veteran recording artist) manages both the anything-goes spirit of Beck and the weird science of Esquivel. None of it is remotely serious and occasionally becomes tiresome in its overzealous drive to be clever. Still, Honky's soulfulness and strong songwriting comes through even in the deeply silly "A Good Day to Be You" and "What a Bringdown." Honky's musical gifts are just as obvious here as in his other gig, and the effortless fun he serves up on Messiah should appeal to attentive fans as well as casual newcomers. --Matthew Cooke

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, funky and fun! 14 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I took a chance and bought this album on the strength of some pretty heavy plugging by the Eels (my favourite band). Whilst I didn't really know what to expect, as soon as I played the disc for the first time, I kind of knew that it was going to be a decent album.
It's quite difficult to categorise as the CD doesn't fit any real norms - I think it's probably best to start to describe it as a funkier version of the Eels, with a higher tempo, a wider range of instrumentation and less structured songs. Other than that, the only thing to say is give it a try - it's not the best album you'll ever hear but it is new, refreshing, catchy and an easy listen. And if the Eels are plugging it, there doesn't come any higher recommendation than that.......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL 31 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I got this CD in Australia after hearing it on the radio while on holiday there. This is a work of genius. I don't know if it's the guy from The Eels, but I don't really care who it is. It is a masterpiece. I have never heard anything quite like it. Extremely entertaining., fun and moving. Bravo, MC Honky!
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4.0 out of 5 stars why does no-one get the joke? 30 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
a lot of people think E is NOT mc honky, well...the honky is a square dance so mc honky is mc square or mc2.....SO - e=mc2
well done
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat for all Eels fans! 11 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
According to publicity surrounding this debut album, Mr Honky is a Californian, reclusive remix wizard in his late fifties who worked his way up through the engineering desks of the recording industry – that is when he wasn’t pursuing his other great passion, pottery! On closer inspection, die hard Eels fans (of which I am most definitely one) will easily recognise the unique style, and sometimes even the distinctive vocal tones, of their genius front man, Mark ‘E’ Everett.
I guess that “Messiah” is closest to E’s previous solo work, although most tracks are strong enough to sit quite comfortably on any of The Eels superb albums. This collection of songs is overflowing with quirky mixes, often held together with Hammond organ and groovy dance beats. It’s a very contemporary sound that may well be of interest to the likes of Lemon Jelly enthusiasts. And if you’re an Eels devotee like me, I promise you won’t be disappointed! It’s an absolute must for your collection.
And even though I am well aware of who is behind this work, the track “3 Turntables & 2 Microphones” kind of conjures up a picture of the artist known as MC Honky!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential purchase for all Eels fans! 27 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
According to publicity surrounding this debut album, Mr. Honky is a reclusive, Californian remix wizard in his late fifties who worked his way up through the engineering desks of the recording industry – that is when he wasn’t pursing his other great passion, pottery! On closer inspection, die hard Eels fans (of which I am most definitely one) will easily recognise the unique style, and sometimes even the distinctive vocal tones, of their genius front man, Mark ‘E’ Everett.
I guess that “Messiah” is closest to E’s previous solo work, although most tracks are strong enough to sit quite comfortably on any of The Eels superb albums. This collection of songs is overflowing with quirky mixes, often held together by Hammond organ and groovy dance beats. It’s a very contemporary sound that may well be of interest to the likes of Lemon Jelly enthusiasts. And if you’re an Eels devotee like me, I promise you won’t be disappointed! It’s an absolute must for your collection.
Even though I am well aware of who is behind this brilliant work, the track “3 Turntables & 2 Microphones” kind of conjures up a picture of the artist known as MC Honky!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money for something better! 14 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
The simularities between this and any record by the Eels are entierly superficial. Whilst it shares the same quirky sampling and superb production it lacks the heart and content of the Eels.

After a while all the repetetive riffs and rather shoehorned samples become irritating. Whilst I wouldn't quite go as far to say that comparing this record to the Eels is like compring chalk to cheese I would however say it's like comparing those nasty cheese sticks with Caciocavallo Podolico.
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