REVEREND BEAT MAN: Surreal Folk Blues Gospel Trash Vol. 1: CD

Reverend Beat Man delivers twelve swampy blues and Neanderthal folk cuts in his unmistakable, inimitable, buzzing-electric-carving-knife vocal style, and you can hear the charm, joy, and pain ooze out like chuck through a meat grinder. “I’m Happy” details the warm, fuzzy feeling of falling in love, having children, and growing old together, gracing the listener with the line “Growing up with you is so beautiful and gay…beautiful and gay” delivered in a soft growl. The effect is raucously hilarious. “Jesus Christ Twist” is a twisted Cramps rocker that urges one to “Take a hammer and some nails/Nail your partner to a cross.” Fucking brilliant. Slower tracks like “No Hope” offer laments about lost love, but don’t work quite as well as the other songs. “The

Beat Man Way” is a fantastic story told over jazzy bass, drums, and piano. The liner notes indicate that these tunes were recorded between 2005 and 2007, and that the Reverend played guitar, banjo, drums, “strange bamboo thing,” and cello, a regular jack of all trades. “I don’t give a fuck! Just wanna go the Beat Man way.” Words to live by.  –benke (Voodoo Rhythm)