Harlan T Bobo - Sucker FLAC

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Artist: Harlan T. Bobo
Release: Sucker
Discogs: 2691561
Released: 2010
Label: Goner Records
Catalog#: 55GONE
Format: FLAC / Lossless / Log (100%) / Cue / CD
Country: US
Style: Rock, Indie Rock


01. Sweet Life (2:34)
02. Hamster In A Cage (1:42)
03. Oh Boy (2:43)
04. Crazy With Loneliness (2:29)
05. Old Man (1:50)
06. Selfish Life (2:07)
07. Perfect Day (2:29)
08. Bad Boyfriends (1:48)
09. Energy (2:50)
10. Errand Girl (1:46)
11. Drank (5:31)
12. Mll. Chatte (1:24)

In his last album, IΓÇÖm Your Man, Harlan T. Bobo rasped out his desire for a more settled existence in a line from ΓÇ£My Life,ΓÇ¥ admitting, ΓÇ£IΓÇÖd love to have a family and a homeΓÇ¥ in the verse and finishing the guitar-blistered finale with a repeated longing for ΓÇ£someone to love.ΓÇ¥ Since that 2007 release, the Memphis blues eccentric has, in fact, gotten married and fathered a son. He now spends summers, apparently, scooping ice cream at his French wifeΓÇÖs beach-side ice cream stand. It sounds like a reasonably happy life, and this sense of contentment reverberates throughout BoboΓÇÖs third album, beginning right up front with the string and brass-embellished Franco-phile pop, ΓÇ£Sweet Life.ΓÇ¥ ΓÇ£It took so, so long to understand,ΓÇ¥ sings Bobo, in his tarnished but noticeably hopeful murmur, ΓÇ£life is sweet.ΓÇ¥

This sweetness creeps, not just into the lyrics, but into the tone and arrangements of Sucker. ThereΓÇÖs a sunny expansiveness to these songs that markedly contrasts with noire-ish tunes from his Too Much Love debut, or IΓÇÖm Your Man. Where BoboΓÇÖs past tunes tended to slouch along on 12/8 blues progressions, with a drift of spoke-sung vocals hanging above, a stab of slide guitar as punctuation, these are more overtly tuneful and densely arranged. Jonathan Kirkscey, from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, sits in on cello on the lilting opener. Three violinists ΓÇô Jessie Munson, Roy Brewer and Tess Nelson ΓÇô trade off string duties on three tracks. This is in addition to a full band of rock instruments ΓÇô besides Bobo himself, John Paul Keith plays guitar, Jeremy Scott bass, Paul Buchignani plays drums and Tim Prudhomme (of Fuck) contributes voice and additional percussion.

Even BoboΓÇÖs singing seems lighter and more buoyant, less a series of sideways observations, more a thread of casual melody. On the sparser, finger-picked tunes ΓÇô ΓÇ£Old ManΓÇ¥ and ΓÇ£Errand GirlΓÇ¥ ΓÇô he has a bit of Bert JanschΓÇÖs ruminative depth. On the rockers ΓÇô and ΓÇ£Bad BoyfriendsΓÇ¥ is the most fun, though ΓÇ£EnergyΓÇ¥ runs a close second ΓÇô he sounds like a rougher, madder Nick Lowe, though the guitar work slants more toward the garage soul of the Oblivians. ΓÇ£DrankΓÇ¥ splits the difference, starting out in little more than a sunny whisper, something of The KinksΓÇÖ ΓÇ£Ape ManΓÇ¥ in the ramshackle beat, then unexpectedly turns loud and fuzzy and rock toward the end.

Happy albums arenΓÇÖt always good albums, and even when theyΓÇÖre pretty good, they tend to lack the bite and drive of work from less satisfied periods in artistsΓÇÖ lives. (Clem SnideΓÇÖs The Soft Spot is a pretty good example of this second case.) However, even in his most bourgeoisie moments of contentment, Bobo is so skewed and individual that he remains fascinating. The album finishes with Bobo singing in uncertain French, a silly little ditty instantly translated in the chorus about a cat that eats butter. ItΓÇÖs light as air, engaging and utterly off-center. Life is sweet in Sucker, but fortunately, still odd enough not to cloy.		
Harlan T Bobo - Sucker FLAC/01 - Sweet Life.flac 16.194 MB
Harlan T Bobo - Sucker FLAC/02 - Hamster In A Cage.flac 11.833 MB
Harlan T Bobo - Sucker FLAC/03 - Oh Boy.flac 16.544 MB
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