Mark Salling

Pipe Dreams

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Taking a break from his role as bad-boy Puck on Glee, Mark Salling indulges his passions and whims on his debut Pipe Dreams. Left to his own devices, he apes Oasis, opening the whole thing with a Beatlesque march called “Mary Poppins,” where he preaches his allegiance to the fictional nanny as if she were some mythical creature. Lyrics are not Salling’s strong suit, nor is singing, really. He’s charismatic on Glee but sounds hamfisted here, but that could be because he does himself no favors as a songwriter, writing white funk that he cannot sing, Sublime-ish hippie rap and facile country strumalongs, grounding it all on ersatz Brit-pop that hints at hooks that never get developed. At times, the sheer absurdity of it all is amusing -- it’s hard not to chuckle at “death is just the final form of conformity” -- but it’d be funnier if it was shorter because Salling’s fanciful indulgences wind up being trying at a full-length 42 minutes.

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