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Play Power


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 18 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jet Set Records
  • ASIN: B00005K9HY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Playpower (David Candy Theme)
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3. Listen To The Music
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5. Bad Bad Boy
6. Diary Of A Genius
7. Lullaby From 'Rosmary's Baby'

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By A Customer on July 22 2002
Format: Audio CD
...then that is the only reason to buy this album. anyone who isnt a fan of ian's quirky and strange personality won't truely appreciate this album. for ian fans, it's very humorous and entertaining. for everyone else, it will come of as stupid and pretencious.
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Because Ian had infiltrated my mental life (and by association those around me) for such a long time due to his brilliant antics as the screeching, dazzling, darling lead performer in the make-up (and Nation), I felt compelled to obtain Play Power. I was intrigued by Ian's use of spectacle. However, this album offers another perspective on Ian's chemistry by transmitting his neural firings into a stream-of-consciousness-like flow. Whether he believes any of the things he mentions or as some accuse, it is a tribute to one's own ego, is purely irrelevant. He has allowed us, as listeners, entry into the workings of his mind. The truth is that he knows of the existence of such things in reality and has chosen to pair the words and ideas with the underlying music. His decision-making is flawless.
For those with interest in modern art, you'll smile with a flash of recognition at some of the esoteric references, as I'm sure those with culinary preoccupations will at the recipe recital.
To borrow from Oscar Wilde, "It is the very flower of decadence."
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If you get this it's probably because you like The Make Up, The Cupid Car Club, and The Nation of Ulysses. This largely instrumental and spoken word album does not sound like any of those other bands however. Ian does "sing" on two tracks, and in a more low key, monotone way. You wont get the shrieking, screaming crazy man you are used to hearing. On the other tracks he speaks over spaced out sixties cocktail music. I realized the music was pretty good after I heard it the third time, and would have worked fine without old Svenonious on the spoken word tracks. He is however, a funny guy, and you are sure to laugh a few times at his absurd musings about art, morning ritual, and favorite tourist spot (Brazil). I laughed out loud when he deadpans, "I checked my I.D....I am still David Candy" in "Diary of Genius."
On the first listen, you will want to hear the album on headphones or just lay back and listen to what Ian has to say. After that, the album will best serve as pleasant back ground noise as you go about some other activity, like entertaining a guest over coffee or tea, or doing homework.
By far my favorite song on here is "I've been a bad bad boy."
I was left feeling like this David Candy persona had an interesting world. Unfortunately this album merely teases at what it and David Candy are really all about.Big Ian Sven fans will dig it for sure(...). Otherwise, approach with caution.
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By Erline Andrews on Aug. 7 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have to agree with one critic's view that Play Power seems incomplete. There is a sense that the David Candy concept was not fully realised. I don't know, probably this is just an introduction to things to come. I however found the album overall to be engaging and well-crafted. The musicianship on display here is excellent. Perhaps more importantly, I find Ian Svenonius (who plays David Candy) irresistible. He is a spectacular underground talent and I've been following his career for a while now. I like his bold, playful, intelligent approach to pop music, and the refreshing absence in his work of the self-consciousness and irony that plague much of contemporary music. I would recommend that you also pick up albums by his bands the Make-up (I want Some; Save Yourself) and the Nation of Ulysses (Plays Pretty for Baby) for a better idea of what he is about. He may come across a bit silly, but, you know, I think that's the point.
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