"The Facts of Life" is the single from BBR's new album of the same name. The title cut is a lush but lean parody of teen love, while the other two cuts do damage to the more adult version (the implication being, that for men at least, there isn't a whole lot of difference). I actually have the new album (as yet only available on import) and I have to say that as much as I like it, I like the two additional cuts on this mini-CD ("Brutality," and "Watch the Angel..." neither of which are available on the album) as much as anything that Black Box Recorder (BBR) has done. Where "The Facts of Life" is lush and leering (with wonderful over-the-top backing chorus and a suitably cheesy vocal from wonderous Brit-babe Sarah Nixley), "Brutality" is sparse and mean, at once a cultural parody of British conservatism and the inevitable ennui of class-obsessed Tories as well as Blair's bland "who me?" reformism: BBR takes no prisoners. God, if only we had a band with this kind of talent for combining musical skill with scathingly sophisticated cultural commentary in the U.S. (but we're Americans, which I guess is why we don't). "Watch the Angel not the Wife" is a melodic meditation on the wiles and ways of being a woman, which involves just as much disguise and dissimulation as being a man, even if women ultimately smell better (woo hoo!). The great thing about this CD, and the reason that I'm trying to tell you that it's worth the almost $11 asking price for three songs (oh ye of little faith) is that these songs are as fresh and original as anything you're gonna hear this summer and you're not going to hear them on American radio, so it's best to fork out the eleven bones and add this BBR single to your collection...come on, you don't want to finish in 2nd place in the Culture Vulture sweepstakes, now do you?