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Thing a Week Two

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Flickr
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Resolutions
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You Could Be Her
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I Will
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Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance
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So Far So Good
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Curl
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Chiron Beta Prime
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Take Care of Me
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A Talk With George
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Don't Talk To Strangers
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Stroller Town
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Re: Your Brains
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 41:22

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My fave of the Thing a Week releases

Zotzedwriter

New to Coulton? Try "Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance," "Re: Your Brains, and "Chiron Beta Prime." If you like 'em, you'll like everything he does.

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Rick Springfield Cover!

emmckee

Great choice of covers, and hilarious originals, as usual!

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Fantastic

pawnman

Jonathon Coulton is a master of geeky music. His ultra-clever lyrics and catchy riffs make for highly enjoyable listening, whether he's singing about zombies, the perils of programming for a living, or having sex outside. Give it a listen, and I bet you'll download at least one track.

They Say All Music Guide

Continuing his song-a-week creations, Jonathan Coulton moves forward with his songs of heartache and loneliness, but indeed moves into geekier territory in this second installment. The album opens with a randomized stream-of-consciousness description of pictures displayed on Flickr, and other songs touch on such hot topics as extraplanetary prison colonies, competitive curling, and aging ravers. With that said, however, each song again encapsulates some element of the human experience, a single emotion. “You Could Be Here” uses a mall vendor as protagonist in a clear array of longing and anguish. Companionate love gets a run in “I Will,” as does a mix of unadulterated joy, energy, and pity in a tribute to a rave dancer. A song theoretically about curling unveils a thread of longing for recognition. The bluesy “Don’t Talk to Strangers” pleads for a lover not to leave. As with all of Coulton’s work, there’s a subtext underneath most of the songs, using highly crafted arrangements to lighten an otherwise heavy pill of pathos. There is, of course, lighter fare as well, some of it even more enjoyable. “Stroller Town” lets Coulton explore surf rock à la the Beach Boys in the context of baby strollers, and the cult favorite “Re: Your Brains” presents a rock anthem give and take between an office worker and his zombie coworkers, all in office doublespeak (should-be-classic line: “We’re not unreasonable, I mean no one’s gonna eat your eyes”). The stylings and music can be classified as geek rock (or perhaps geek pop) due to the general quirkiness, but the content is less shallow than the stereotypical geek rock, with emotional depth cleverly added to the fun of the genre. As with the rest of the Thing a Week series, this one is definitely worth a listen. – Adam Greenberg

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