The best thing we can say about Breaking Muse, the new Mitch Friedman album, is that he really sounds like he’s having fun putting this together!
The next best thing? That we, as listeners, get to join in the fun as well, albeit in a passive manner. True to form, Friedman will appeal to fans of smart pop of every ilk.
Idiosyncratic, witty and loads of fun (that word again!), the music on Breaking Muse channels the likes of Elvis Costello, They Might Be Giants, Andy Partridge (XTC), Randy Newman, Todd Rundgren et al.
The arrangements and instrumentation are immediate and never take away from the intelligence between every single song. There’s so much going on from track to track that astute pop lovers will enjoy this sonic treasure hunt!
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