… is the third album by The Eisenhowers. The music might best be described as adult-oriented (by that, I mean middle-aged) pop/rock, drawing on influences like David Bowie, Elvis Costello and Steely Dan. The album boasts high production values and there is some quality musicianship throughout, with the lyrics putting the spotlight on a varied cast of characters.
‘I like your girlfriend’ features a sleazy b-list television personality on the prowl, while ‘Mr McIntosh has left the building’ channels the spirit of The Kinks in reflecting the thoughts of a retiring office clerk as he spends his final day in employment. In the acerbic and spikey ‘My gang’, an ambitious and grasping politician lays bare his polarizing philosophy, while ‘How will you know when you know’ explores the state of mind of an impoverished and disillusioned musician. In ‘The Joker and The Penguin’, two comic book characters have a discussion about the nature of free will. There’s a David Bowie tribute thrown in for good measure (‘And then he flew towards the sun’), while the uplifting country rocker ‘Read my Lips’, might, in a parallel universe, have been a hit for Shania Twain.
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