R. Stevie Moore

Unpopular Singer, Vol. 4

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The fourth and final volume in the Unpopular Singer series suggests a somewhat brighter outlook than the occasionally dark-edged earlier entries. The album features a kind of fatalistic black humor evinced by songs like the self-explanatory "Who Gives a Fuck?" and the actually kind of chipper piece of power popping musical autobiography "Good Job at Home," which would have sounded entirely appropriate on R. Stevie Moore's 1976 debut, Phonography. Leaning in an even sillier direction are the addictively goofy bossa nova "Hasty Banana," with lead vocals by Moore's wife, Krystyna Olsiewicz, the even funnier self-duet (with Chipmunks-like tape-speed manipulations) "By Way of Contrast," and the hilarious "Eenque Pen," a seven-minute parody/deconstruction of Alanis Morissette's "Hand in My Pocket" that keeps the first line of the chorus and continues into an increasingly smutty catalog of the things the other hand is doing. Other highlights include the stomping "Nicotine Need," the druggily miasmatic "Fundraiser," and the chugging rocker "Getting My Heart Back," which features a rather Robert Fripp-like noise-guitar solo and a chorus that recalls prime Buzzcocks. The increasing list of oddball covers this time out includes a dreamy lo-fi take on Roxy Music's "2HB" and a new wave-ish version of the Paul Revere & the Raiders classic "Just Like Me." Better than the spotty and somewhat depressive Unpopular Singer, Vol. 3, this is a more enjoyable collection all the way around.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 0:43
2 4:29
3 5:06
4 3:52
5 3:28
6 1:50
7 2:08
8 4:08
9 3:22
10 0:37
11 7:12
12 2:55
13 5:40
14 3:34
15 2:54
16 0:44
17 4:20
18 2:40
19 3:30
20 3:18
21 0:45
22 0:30
23 2:27
24 2:32
25 2:46
26 1:52
27 3:39
28
4:04
29 3:17
30 0:48
31 3:11
32 4:07
33 4:23
34 1:13
35 1:39
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