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The Life and Times of Mike Fanning

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Ally McBeal
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Seaside Lament (Sand)
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Is She Really Going Out With Him?
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Title of the Song
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Road Rage
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Saggy Diaper Blues
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Three Little Words
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Secret Asian Man
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Baby Please
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Jump In the Line
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Kingdom In the Sky
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The Dreidel Song
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 43:25

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Makes me wish the previews were longer.

Pahan

This album has several good songs, a few middling ones, and the rest are uninteresting, but you can't tell which are which by listening to eMusic's previews --- I should have looked up the lyrics. Among the good are the hilarious and unexpected "Title of the Song" and "Kingdom in the Sky". "Baby Diaper Blues" and "Dreidel Song" are brilliant takes of classic songs and themes. A few other songs, like "Secret Asian Man" and "Road Rage" are good as well, and "Three Little Words" is interesting. The rest are unmemorable.

They Say All Music Guide

A cappella quartet Da Vinci’s Notebook adds a few instruments here and there on its second album, The Life and Times of Mike Fanning, but for the most part the sound is produced by the foursome’s versatile voices. The spare instrumentation actually increases the impact of their parodies, because the listener can imagine the elaborate production touches of, say, the Beach Boys (“Seaside Lament [Sand]“) and Meat Loaf (“Three Little Words”) without actually having to hear them, while the singers have their way with their targets. They score double with the leadoff track, “Ally McBeal,” which is set to the music of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” and makes fun of Dylan’s lyrical stretches and performing style while also attacking the dangerously skinny and supposedly bulimic TV character. But other songs are basically one-joke ideas, such as the R&B raver “Road Rage” and “Secret Asian Man.” “Title of the Song” is an abstract version of a boy band ballad in which the group members, joined by producer Richard Greene and fellow vocalists Ball in the House, plaintively emote lines like “Naïve expression of love/Reluctance to accept that you are gone.” It’s an amusing concept that never manages to be as funny as it might be, perhaps because there’s a bit too much of it and they don’t sing it as excessively as ‘N Sync might. Da Vinci’s Notebook isn’t always in comedy mode; their versions of Joe Jackson’s “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” and Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line” are taken straight and work well in their harmony arrangements. But they spend most of their time going for laughs, and for the most part they’re very funny. – William Ruhlmann

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