ARTIST:

POPA CHUBBY

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

TIN FOIL HAT

(2021)
LABEL:

DIXIEFROG RECORDS

GENRE:

ROCK

/ BLUES
TAGS:
Bluesy
"Politically engaged and musically lazy, "Tin Foil Hat" is a reflection of Popa Chubby's lack of artistic inspiration."
NEWF (06.04.2021)  
2/5
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Popa Chubby has a lot to say. Trump, the conspiracy theorists, the 5G, the vaccines, the American management of the pandemic, all this makes him deeply angry and he does not hesitate to proclaim it loud and clear. "Tin Foil Hat" is a political album, with lyrics that are sometimes parodic, sometimes hard-hitting. Nothing surprising, we know for a long time that Theodore Joseph Horowitz has neither the language nor the guitar in his pocket. It remains to be seen if his fans will be satisfied with the lyrics to once again praise the New Yorker. 

One thing is certain: perfectionism has never been Popa Chubby's strong point. But what passed for sincerity and fervor at the beginning has gradually become a form of guilty nonchalance. Between mawkish blues rock ('1968 Again'), rusty boogie ('Someday Soon (Change Is Gonna Come)') and unbearable reggae ('Cognitive Dissonance'), the listener, even the least demanding one, doesn't have much to put between his ears. Especially since our bluesman has no qualms about taking inspiration from other people's riffs. It is the case of 'Tinfoil Hat' which resembles strangely the 'Peter Gunn Theme' of the Blues Brothers and of 'Baby Put On Your Mask' which refers to 'Stupidity' of Dr Feelgood.

But beyond the lack of inspiration, it is the lack of faith in the blues that irritates the most and that creates a frustrating gap between the harshness of the lyrics and the poverty of the compositions, as if the only goal here was to rant without really taking into account the music. 'Tin Foil Hat" is a lazy album even in the most demanding tracks, like "No Justice No Peace" and its chorus of four words repeated 19 times (I counted) at the end of the song, or "Boogie For Tony", a totally insipid instrumental shuffle blues, or "Embee's Song", a sentimental ballad of a confusing mawkishness.

Only the moving 'Can I Call You My Friends', which sounds like the emergency cry of a confined artist, and 'Another Day In Hell', where we find a little bit the Hendrix influence of Popa Chubby, save "Tin Foil Hat" from the doldrums, in spite of a production cruelly lacking in relief. Then weariness? Tiredness ? Demotivation? It's hard to know, but whatever the case, this flat and insipid album won't make Popa Chubby one of the most famous blues musicians.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Tinfoil Hat
02. Baby Put On Your Mask
03. No Justice No Peace
04. Someday Soon (Change Is Gonna Come)
05. Can I Call You My Friends
06. You Ain’T Said Shit
07. Another Day In Hell
08. Boogie For Tony
09. Cognitive Dissonance
10. Embee’S Song
11. 1968 Again

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