The Little Red Songbook (Le Grand Magistery)
By: Alex Steininger
Influencing such artists as Pulp, Belle & Sebastian, The Divine Comedy, and Pizzicato Five, Momus creates refreshingly weird, unusual pop pieces that are unlike anything you've ever heard. He also has quite the accomplished discography: One album on 4AD under the band name The Happy Family, three albums on Cherry Red, and eight albums on Creation (none have been released in the US).
His sound is quite hard to describe. The sounds, and the shapes it creates in your head, quite often remind you of the backing music for British comedies. Another theory might be his sound is that of a little boy's demons escaping his head, translated into music. However you want to describe him though, one label will not do. The music is just too different -- too fuzzy -- to describe.
On every song, though, the lyrics are the main focus of the music. Very witty and comical, his dry humor is what propels the music above mediocrity. Warped and troubled, Momus' profound take on some of societies habits is very amusing, offensive, and downright enjoyable. Whether or not you enjoy the music, you'll keep listening for some of his blunt lyrical phrases.
No wonder Momus has influenced so many of today's creative artists. He is a twisted individual who has a gift for trapping words and turning them into an interesting -- to say the least -- piece of work. I'll give this disc a B.
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