July 28, 2009

.357 Lover - Diorama Of The Golden Lion (2009)

Whoa. This is one of those albums that kind of blows your mind. Imagine if Grease starred David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust instead of John Travolta. How much cooler would the transformation scene at the end be if Danny Zuko turned into a androgynous space alien? And while that isn't exactly the storyline, that may be my best change describing the overall experience. .357 Lover move from Queen's arena rock to Supergrass glam to show tunes and then into whatever Meatloaf was. Suffice to say this a weird, exciting, and epic rock opera (I think), along the lines of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The mood changes along with the music styles, incorporating playful, serious, and sinister images into the lyrics, but it's all too over-the-top to be anything but tongue-in-cheek. I'm kind of bummed I am only hearing about lead singer/songwriter Corn Mo now. Check out "Nighttime School" or "Event Horizon" for a little taste.


awmercy said...

I'll switch in the real album art when it is released.

awmercy said...

His 2008 EP, Your Favorite Hamburger Is A Cheeseburger, might even be better. Either way, if you like one, you should definitely pick up the other.

awmercy said...

Update: Album art added.