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The Mighty Baboo
November 4, 2009, 1:53 am
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THE MIGHTY BABOO
SWEET BABOO
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Anti-folk misfit Stephen Black is another lo-fi troubadour mining for colour with just a voice, a guitar and the occasional organ. He likes to define himself with scatty, self reflexive lyrics and petulance, making it difficult to relate to the character he projects or sympathise with his woes, and the self conscious quirkiness disguises poorly his shortcomings as both an enchanting songwriter and his paltry instinct for touching melodies. What remains is only the impression of an obnoxious malcontent. He cites Daniel Johnson as a influence but frankly its an insult to the manic-depressive savant’s devotion and sincerity. With Folk’s intimacy in bare arrangements, much depends on the personna, this is one you may not want around the camp-fire.

4/10

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