Jeffrey Lewis

The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane and Other Favorites

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The Last Time I Did Acid I Went Insane and Other Favorites isn't a great departure from New York's the Moldy Peaches -- Jeffrey Lewis had once provided illustrations for the band -- but it does thrive on its own range of isolated humor and touchingly lonely autobiographical observation. Lewis' subjects aren't as childish as some might expect: Amidst the comic-strip stories of golden arms and zombie murder, a theme of grief, frustration, and social inadequacy reappears. Keeping the music faded and introspective, Lewis creates empathy where others have relied on shtick. The bad musicianship has resonance, no matter how fleeting, and all the banal in-jokes and self-absorption builds toward one of the strongest anti-folk records of the time.

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