8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 26 August 2010
This Boduf Songs LP is well whispery. Don't recall ever hearing Boduf Songs but from the minute the needle hits the wax i feel compelled to take the whole Boduf Song vibe very seriously. Musically, we are talking super minimalism. Tracks are recorded with a singular microphone and are primarily made up of one instrument and a vocal that generally dominates the track. This is due mainly to the bleak lyrical content and the husky, whispered vocal delivery of B.S mastermind Mathew Sweet. Another reason why i know this is super serious business is that the lyrics are printed in full on the front of the sleeve. Here's an example from opener 'Bought Myself A Cat O'Nine' that might get the party started 'My hammer feels the urge to nail you to the ground, to smash one through your cheek and splinter into wooden floorboards.' That's heavy shit dude. So, if you like your music kick-ass moody you'll probably dig this little number. Some of the instrumentation is fantastic and the minimalist approach to instrumentation really compliments the sparse vocal arrangements, It even kicks of into full band mode from time to time which is also pretty effective. Kinda hard to pin down a fair comparison but it doe's have a little in common with the likes of Vic Chestnutt or perhaps Red House Painters as well as hinting at The For carnation. Bleak stuff.
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