Hill of Beans

Hill of Beans

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A one-off that lasts, Hill of Beans' sole release, at least to anyone's knowledge, is a nutty bit of folky-jokey nonsense worth tracking down if it all possible. The perhaps all-too-obvious comparison is They Might Be Giants -- there's the same emphasis on lyrical wordplay, not to mention a bit of accordion here and there -- but the duo has their own worthy bent on things. Sometimes they're just serious enough -- "Twilite Time" is an Appalachian folk-inspired love song, while "Ozone Layer" is a protest song that doesn't make the listener feel like an out-of-it hippie. Mostly, however, it's hilarious fun. "Satan, Lend Me a Dollar" is the absolute keeper, an invocation of the horned one so that the rent can be paid (complete with mid-song backwards masking and a great shout-along chorus). "Magic Toe" is just as gone, the twosome's version of a medieval troubadour's fairy tale for the pleasure of the king. Perhaps.