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Bushido Karaoke

Author: Mike Hammer
07/15/2005 | Sponiczine.com | www.sponiczine.com | Album Review
What threw me off when I first heard the new Mayday album was the upbeat approach. Bushido Karaoke is bursting with songs that swing like great barroom country jams, twirling you around the floor and stepping on your toes a bit, and even in restrained moments, you know there's a big smile and a bright picture in the background.

Mayday write pop songs that have their pants around their ankles; they are slow and cold and true. They have put out two peaceful releases of unique ballads already and I expected more of the same on Bushido Karaoke. But the CD opens with a track reminiscent of INXS's "Never Tear Us Apart," and Mayday frontman Ted Stevens (Cursive and formerly of Lullaby for the Working Class) spouts intelligent and picturesque lyrics with a brash attitude. Track #2, "Booze and Pills," is a knee-slapping romp of a relationship ruined by addiction, and Stevens quips chipper atop a strings, pianos, guitars, bass, drums, harmonicas and more.

Each song on Bushido Karaoke is an excellent collage of pep rallies, operatic scores, dark lyrics, fireside jams played with classical instruments, and pop hooks. Stevens has assembled his usual band of merry goers actually playing merrily this time from his Lullaby days, and other assorted talented characters, and they are all in top form. The recording is crisp and the precision is intense. Bushido Karaoke is a wonderful pyramid of sounds with sage-like words written on the blocks.

The songs range from sweet bluegrass ballads to hip Cab Calloway sizzlers to Elvis-type rockers, and each song is crafted so well it fits in the pyramid easily. I never thought I'd like something called Karaoke so much, but Mayday has made me a believer. The dramatic ballads, stark country gospels, awkward pop songs and epic lo-fi rockers, held together with fantastic lyrics out of the cold, dark corner of the room, make Bushido Karaoke the best karaoke you will hear this year, screw them American Idols.
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