Songs in the Key of Animals

Benji Hughes - Songs in the Key of Animals
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Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #723 / 760
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Based on 11 ratings
January 29, 2016 / Release Date
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Benji Hughes pulls this off without pause as he merges his comedic commentary with his poetic earnestness, reaching a well blended middle ground on his latest record, Songs in the Key of Animals.

The Skinny
More They Might Be Giants than Father John Misty, the humour is light-hearted throughout, and Hughes is a gifted arranger, breathing warmth into his knowingly pastiche compositions with a bit of tenor sax here and an interesting counter melody there.

A Tuesday afternoon pool party of a record, Songs in the Key of Animals sounds like a great time was had by all, but that you kind of had to be there to appreciate it.

The 405
It's all in good fun, but where he runs into problems is the fact that his otherwise cornball humor often gets in the way of the music.
It's fun if you're on its wavelength and obnoxious if you aren't.
Loud and Quiet
At times, it sounds like a stand-up set comprised solely of tedious animal puns, so much so that it becomes nonsensical. That’s probably the point though.
It has its moments. Especially on the excellent "Freaky Feedback Blues", however, the entire second disc is underwhelming. I'd still check it out to see what you think of it.
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Track List

  1. Peacockin' Party
  2. Girls Love Shoes
  3. Shark Attack!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Zebra
  5. Fall Me in Love
  6. Sugartree
  7. Freaky Feedback Blues
  8. Magic Summertime
  9. Picnic
  10. Longshot
  11. Song for Nancy
  12. Take You Home
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Added on: January 18, 2016