Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genre: Alternative Rock
Starting with the tune "Last Night Mark Eitzel Saved My Life," Mr. Fancypants thoroughly chronicles a difficult journey through the throes of a doomed relationship. The brief nod to Eitzel, lead singer of the American Musi... more »
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Starting with the tune "Last Night Mark Eitzel Saved My Life," Mr. Fancypants thoroughly chronicles a difficult journey through the throes of a doomed relationship. The brief nod to Eitzel, lead singer of the American Music Club, is an appropriate opening to the CD. "There's a real joy both in articulating pain and in hearing it articulated for you," explains Ad. "I really feel that songs like these make you feel less alone. Eitzel's ability to give a voice to heartbreak and keep a sense of humor about it is something I've always aspired to, and hopefully that shows on this record." His listeners will find that it does. A founding member of Boston perennials Miles Dethmuffen and Permafrost, Ad has honed his songwriting to perfection on Mr. Fancypants exhibiting an acute sense of despair masked in his signature upbeat veneer. A prime example is the bouncy "Bay of Fundy." The catchy tune seems like simple pop until the title destination is revealed to be the singer's last. It's this duality that prompted Boston Magazine to comment, "Ad Frank has a wiseass knack for pairing brooding lyrics with solid, catchy pop-rock tunes. Even a disgruntled song can put a spring in your step."
Boston's best Indie
Gary | Hockessin, Germany | 02/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you like your pop music mixed two parts dark and one part sweet, get this album.The album is a delight. Ranging from acoustic melancholia ("Bay of Fundy" and "Barking up the Wrong Girl") to infectious pop-dance ("The Ticket Was Non-Refundable"), this album is both dizzying and delightful. Like other great vocalists, Ad's voice pierces you from the first track. It is his album, but the adroit movement from one style (pseudo-techno dance numbers with alternating male/female vocals) to the next ('straight-up' indie rock) speak to great skill on the part of the band as a whole. But an Ad Frank album wouldn't be without the quiet and dark, just delicious enough for you to sing along. On the whole, this album is one of my favorites. If you're ever in Boston, you should also check out the schdules of the local lounges and small venues because his live shows are incredible.And now, to drop a few names, more as an orienting guide than comparison per se, but... if you like the Magnetic Fields, Built to Spill, or sounds like Belle and Sebastien and the Kindercore bands, you should get this album. This rivals them all, and has even more staying power for me. It's truly a wonderful CD."