As an encore to his highly touted Rounder debut Entering Marion (the title track to which is played most every summer weekend as a tribute to Cape-going travelers), John Forster has assembled the family affair called Helium. Mixing the musical sensibilities of Tom Lehrer, Mark Russell, and Dr. Seuss with vocal hints of Jerry Garcia and Maurice Chevalier, Forster takes listeners through a sometimes silly, often provoking voyage through the true EuroDisney, the New York road system, and the confused world of opera. Though the songs are simple and humorous, few could be considered "kiddie" songs. With topics ranging from safe but steamy and sporadic romance and homosexuals in the military to the ultimate farce -- the OJ trial -- Helium is ironically not an album to be taken lightly.
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AllMusic Review by Matthew Robinson