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I Am the Messiah [Enhanced]

Mc Honky Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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1. Sonnet no. 3 (Like A Duck)
2. Hung Up
3. The Object
4. A Good Day To Be You
5. Baby Elephant Rock-a-bye
6. What A Bringdown
7. Only A Rose pt. I
8. My Bad Seed
9. The Devil Went Down To Silverlake
10. Soft Velvety 'Fer
11. The Baby That Was You
12. 3 Turntables & 2 Microphones
13. Only A Rose pt. II

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Japanese Version featuring Three Bonus Tracks


While MC Honky's origins lie in the playful fringes of alt rock, I Am the Messiah crosses over into downright goofiness. Mixing post-big beat dance with cocktail lounge-style clichés, Honky (an nom de plume for a veteran recording artist) manages both the anything-goes spirit of Beck and the weird science of Esquivel. None of it is remotely serious and occasionally becomes tiresome in its overzealous drive to be clever. Still, Honky’s soulfulness and strong songwriting comes through in even the deeply silly "A Good Day to Be You" and "What a Bringdown." Honky’s musical gifts are just as obvious here as in his other gig, and the effortless fun he serves up on Messiah should appeal to attentive fans as well as casual newcomers. --Matthew Cooke

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Lovely June 24 2003
By jbembe
Format:Audio CD
So, some of my favorite albums contain the weirdest music available, such as Incredible Moses Leroy (Electric Pocket Radio), Beck singles (Halo of Gold), Grandaddy (Our Dying Brains) to name a few. Well this album certaintly fills out my need for more of the quirky music in my collection. Like a Duck is great (check out the video online) and is quite a musical jubilation. Should we discuss Beck influences? Besides the obvious 3 turntables and 2 microphones, Hung Up has the same sort of sweet flow that Beck's "Clock" has, oh yeah. What a Bringdown is another Highlight, as well as "My Bad Seed" -I'm kinda stuck on "My Bad Seed" actually. "The Baby That Was You" is extremely weird, and almost sounds like it samples a NIN song of all things: The Perfect Drug. While the lyrics are beyond stupid, the song works just by juxtaposing the NIN beat with the lyrics and some other cool effects (barking dogs, crying babies, cell phones, lalala choirs, etc.) The rest is kinda filler: "Soft Velvety 'Fer" is a weird monologue with someone leaving messages on answering machines like the scene found in Swingers, but the culprit is a female in this one and the stuff is much more strange. The album is a skewed mess of randomly cool music, check it out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yummm June 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
oh my, this is SUCH a wonderful album. it mixes that lovely eels goodness in with weird old self-help recordings. Koool G Murder's appearance in "a good day to be you" is hilarious, "sonnet no. 3" is rocktastic, and the album is overall really fun and well made. it just makes me happy. I feel like E has more freedom when not under the name eels, and he's really wonderfully creative on "i am the messiah"....... *cough* I mean...he would be if it were he that made the album. MC Honky is not E. MC Honky is a former janitor. I swear...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, fresh, I'm in love--- June 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
MC Honky really is some kind of messiah--the word genius doesn't quite seem to define him. After months of musical boredom---this wonderful cd made it's way onto my cd player yesterday and I can't stop playing it. Check this out if you like early Beck--I think he's a better comparison than the Eels are. But to compare MC to anyone is not totally possible either--just buy it and listen, you'll see.
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