DENT MAY & HIS MAGNIFICENT UKULELE > The Good Feeling Music of Dent May & His Magnificent Ukulele

Written by January 1st, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Label: PAW TRACKS
Rating: ★★★★☆

On Music, May performs upbeat and melancholy tunes with a mixture of soul and detachment. Particularly enjoyable are May’s clever, easily discerned reflections on college. Polite ode “College Town Boy” presents a sad, young intellectual who prefers to blame his rut on “something in the water here” rather than “something in the beer.” Another, “You Can’t Force a Dance Party,” is a foot-stomper avowing you can dance to a ukulele. For all the emotions contained in his lyrics, his delivery, in the sterile, eloquent tradition of Stephen Merritt, denies a sometimes vital level of recklessness, but preserves his sophistication. For instance, classy track “Meet Me in the Garden,” where May croons among monkey yelps and vogue synthesizers, merits a golden headset award reserved exclusively for smooth operators.

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