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Thing a Week Four

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SkyMall
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Seahorse
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Creepy Doll
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Under the Pines
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Big Bad World One
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Mr. Fancy Pants
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You Ruined Everything
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I'm Your Moon
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The Big Boom
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Make You Cry
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Pull the String
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Summer's Over
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We Will Rock You
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We Are the Champions
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 39:54

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Zotzedwriter

Just note that the song is "Re: Your Brains" NOT "Re: Zombies" (and you'll find it on Thing a Week Two).

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Fantastically Original

Wellkickmyass

Jonathan Coulton is a quirky artist that uses humor in his songs. My favorites from all his albums include Chiron Beta Five, De-Evolving, and Creepy Doll. But his best song is RE: Zombies. If you download anything, make sure it's that last song.

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Finishing off his string of song-per-week albums, Jonathan Coulton takes a little piece of everything he’s touched upon in previous albums and puts the influences together. There’s some pathos and some power pop; there are love songs, singer/songwriter ballads, and heavily overhauled cover songs. The album opens with a power pop bit devoted to the joys of SkyMall shopping, followed by a slightly heart-wrenching ballad to the male seahorse as he’s abandoned by the female. After a creepy turn courtesy of some excellent use of minor chords in “Creepy Doll,” one of the best compositions of the albums is presented, a singer/songwriter ballad to a Sasquatch that invokes a bit of a backing band and a small, light crew of backup singers in “Under the Pines.” Just after the fairly quirky Bigfoot love song, self-defeatism gets a round of power pop par excellence in “Big Bad World One.” It’s this constant mix of silliness in lyrical content and deeper, heartfelt emotions and allegories to the follies of human experience that really encapsulates Coulton’s work. Always wrapped up in an arrangement worthy of more mainstream success (“Pull the String” could very well have been a Foo Fighters hit), the songs flow along their various courses, some paying tribute to classic artists or their general aesthetics, some entirely original in form, some outright corny with a wink to the audience. Power pop constantly mixes with nonstandard content (catalog shopping in “SkyMall,” dystopian chaos in “The Big Boom”); gorgeous sensitive ballads mix with calculated hatred in “Make You Cry.” Each installation in the Thing a Week, Rovi – Adam Greenberg

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