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Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow

Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow

1 Jan 2004

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2004
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2004
  • Label: Jonathan Coulton
  • Copyright: 2004 20 Goto 10, Inc.
  • Total Length: 20:15
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,865 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Want to learn about Jonathan Coulton? Start here! 12 Jun. 2013
By James Wyatt - Published on Amazon.com
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This album has everything that showcases the genius of Jonathan Coulton. He has a fantastic cover, unique originals, and genres of all types. This album is loaded with solid hits, highly recommended for nerds and music connoisseurs alike.

Let me elaborate a bit more with some specifics on a few songs.

"My Monkey" is a very neat acoustic song with complex backing vocals. The singer is confessing his fault to his significant other by personifying them as his pet monkey butler (named "Bryan Dennehy"). This song showcases the touching and sensitive side of JC.

"W's Duty" is interesting "laptop music" as JC calls the music made mostly within the computer, without many "real" instruments. He placed together several clips of President George W. Bush speaking, frequently including the phrase "duty" used in the sense of it sounding like the euphemism of "doodie."

"Shop Vac" is a personal favorite, told by a man who loves his basement with his Shop Vac cleaner while his wife is upstairs watching TV. He describes the suburban life in a loveless marriage frighteningly well, including trips to stores to buy more things for their house to avoid conversation.

"Baby Got Back" is a surprisingly successful cover of the Sir Mix-a-Lot song. Slowed down a bit with plenty of acoustic guitars (and I'm pretty sure a banjo) this little ditty is guaranteed to get stuck in your head.

"Someone is Crazy" details that certain friend (spouse?) who demands constant attention in the most mentally unstable way.

"Sibling Rivalry" is a fantastic laptop piece where JC spliced voice over about two sisters, Jane and Joan, on a TV-style home make over show. His friend did the vocals for a real show, and here JC added music and placed the chopped up voice narrative in an impressive fashion, making a song in the process.

All the songs on this album are strong. Jonathan Coulton is a masterful singer and musician, and this album is just the beginning of his great music. For $9, this is a steal. Thoroughly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smoking Monkey CD is good fun, but some definitely not for children. 7 Jan. 2014
By Pastshelfdate - Published on Amazon.com
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I placed my order on 17 December, and Amazon emailed me to say it shipped on 18 December. I know the Amazon order pickers work very hard. The CD arrived very securely packaged, intact, and is fun to play. Right off the top of my head, I know there's one song that's definitely NOT for small children. Otherwise, I look forward to mixing CDs that my nieces and nephews can enjoy, now.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and unique 12 Mar. 2013
By Cazbaz - Published on Amazon.com
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He wrote the songs at the end of the portal game so if you enjoyed that, you would love this too. He writes almost all of his songs. Many of the songs are funny. He did one song a week for a year and this album was a precursor to that project. You may never hear him on the radio, but that is just sad cause he is really good. The entire cd is very fun. I would recommend this to people.
5.0 out of 5 stars JoCo crafts wonderful weird music 17 Jan. 2014
By T. E. Schlemmer - Published on Amazon.com
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Don't buy this album unless you love creative songwriting, storytelling, and surreal absurdity. With more than a sprinkling of geeky cleverness. I will buy anything JoCo makes. Check out his "Code Monkey Save World" kickstarter comic book project.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 17 Feb. 2013
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
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Coulton's mixture of musical quirk and unexpected insight makes this album transcend its gimmicky roots and become something that, while fun, also has a lot to say about the world so many of us inhabit.
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