ALBUM REVIEW: HAMELL ON TRIAL – THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD

ALBUM REVIEW: HAMELL ON TRIAL - THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD

HAMELL ON TRIAL FT KIMYA DAWSON & ANI DIFRANCO
THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD
(New West Records)
8/10

New York based acoustic anarchist Hamell on Trial holds no punches in his latest release ‘The Happiest Man In The World’. The punk poet, an alias of Ed Hamell, delivers 13 tracks of bizarre, southern sounding anti-folk songs, each track stranger then the last. Hamell on Trial begins the album with a half joking, heart broken monologue opening the track ‘Artist In America’, sounding like a cross between Lou Reed and Tenacious D. This quickly descends into inexplicable ramblings such as; “If God is a concept by which we measure our pain, then awopbabalubop is my God”. Like the twists and turns of a fair ground maze, the album only gets wackier and more entertaining. From the cynical ‘Together’ to the tender ‘Whores’ this obscene joke teller and one-man band touches on both the political and the personal.
A favorite of anti-establishment icon Henry Rollins, Hamell On Trail’s new album is creative chaos.

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