Nothing Is Impossible by The Story Pirates
The Story Pirates’debut album gathers an unspecified revolving cast of musicians and songwriters, performing twelve songs that range wildly in styles and approaches, all containing their trademark absurdist humor. Opening with the Curtis Mayfield meets P-Funk irreverant”Fart Out Loud Day,” a Halloween-esque disco tale of instant stardom in “Frank The Monster Who Wasn’t Scary” Follows. “The Guy” tells a story about sharing, set to a funky rap with very clever lyrics, while “Riding A Seagull Was Good” is a hip-hop-ish song of silliness, and “Star” is an astronomical pop tune about working as a team. Elsewhere, the title track is a song about a horse named Glitter who longs to play guitar despite her hoof impairment, while “In the Car” takes the name-what-you-see automobile game to absurd, purposely annoying heights, set to a thumping House beat. “How Penguins Office Became a Thing” sounds like it was pulled from an off Broadway, all animal production of Ubu Roi, and “All 8 Unicorns” cast the mythic creatures as text-speaking Valley girls. “Pizza Revenge” is a Salsa flavored story of competing food groups, and “Fred the Carrot” is about a root vegetable marooned on Saturn. The album finishes with “What the World Was Called Before Us,” a ballad about how things change over time. Individually, the songs are very witty, pushing the boundaries of both rhyme, subject matter and occasionally patience. Song authorship, musician and singer credits, as well as printed lyrics would have been most welcomed. Still, those in search of a potpourri of superbly performed nonsense will find much to love here.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.