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on 14 May 2001
It's hard to believe, but Daniel johnston has been making music for almost twenty years now, and this album is just the latest in a long line of beautifully skewed POP music. All the usual themes are here, but the production level has become more glossy without diminishing the unique nature of Daniel's music. The title track is a bittersweet summation of the troubled road that Daniel's life has wandered down, but the 2nd track - 'Funeral Girl' - drastically pulls this album out of dour introspection. Really, the sudden change in this song from haunting, otherwordly narration to trumpet heavy, lo-fi motown boogie has to be heard to be believed. Elsewhere, the songs range from the remarkably accomplished (My Little Darling Girl) to the monumentally loose (sometime spent in Heaven). Personally, it is the latter song that is the most powerful on the album, very ragged but perfectly encapsulating the melancholy and madness of a failed relationship, despite whatever the parties involved may feel to the contrary. So, once again, Daniel proves he has the ability to compose little gems of pop beauty that always deserve a wider audience. Buy it, along with the 1994 'Fun' and the 1988 'Its spooky', this is one of the few Daniel albums widely available in the UK. I promise you, you will not regret it.
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