ATOM AND HIS PACKAGE: Redefining Music: CD

This is one of those CDs that I take out of my stereo only after being threatened. I could not endorse this more if I showed up to your house and put a gun to your head and told you to listen to it. The only person whose opinion I care about who had anything non positive to say about this is a guy who thought it wasn’t “a joke” enough. If you aren’t aware, Atom is this guy who records songs with a sequencer and sings and plays guitar along with them. He has a great sense of humor, and his music has all manner of funniness going on, but this isn’t a novelty CD. There are vastly complex musical parts and an amazing range of styles on this. The lyrics are witty and poignant, and many of the songs are danceable even. I dare you, dare you to listen to “Shopping Spree” (not about what you think) and not get it caught in your head. Other highlights are Atom’s mockery of those who deserve it in “Anarchy Means I Litter,” covers of three Mountain Goats songs including my favorite “Going to Georgia,” an amazingly kickass version of Madonna’s “ Open Your Heart” and the sing-along epic against racial caricature; “If You Own the Washington Redskins, You’re a Cock.” Of course, I like the whole CD, even if “Before my Friends Do” makes me sad.

 –rich (Hopeless)