There Is Nothing More Frightening Than The Passing Of Time
In the quick-fire opening of "Lately I've Found Myself Regressing" Ben Parker is found googling himself "just to prove that I exist...there might be something written somewhere saying I'm an adequate lyricist or something better". And so we're introduced to the deadpan, self-depreciating world of The Superman Revenge Squad Band. Lush string arrangements which seem to be meticulously arranged sit almost uneasily alongside the blasé drums and guitar to produce a sound which screams out to be listened to. On "Flavor Flav", lost love is compared to post-93 REM and a Flava Flavless Public Enemy. The lyrics are played out for humour but combined with the anguished backing (again, beautifully arranged) it becomes a spine-tingling toe-tapper. At times I found myself worrying that this music will at some point be used in an advert for a bank or a mobile phone, "Paulie In Rocky Three" in particular is not a million miles away from the current crop of twee adverts, with a slight over-reliance on nostalgia. The rest of the album is raised well above the bar by some surrealism, post-rock tendencies (e.g. "The Angriest Dog In The World"), a superior lyrical subject matter (e.g. music geek references and in-jokes) and the aforementioned endearing sloppiness. If you like Ben Folds, Bromheads Jacket, Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, Daniel Johnston then there's a good chance that you'll like this too. And if you're googling this Ben Parker, I reckon you are an above average lyricist. In addition to this you are a somewhat competent arranger and songwriter to boot.