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Review: Seán O’Donnell-Emotional Apocrypha of the Bubblegum Gospel by jason


Seán O’Donnell-Emotional Apocrypha of the Bubblegum Gospel. Monkey Corner Records, 2010.

Pittsburgh seems to be having some sort of independent music renaissance. Earlier this year, I talked about some bands I saw in Pittsburgh and reviewed an album by one of those bands.

Seán O’Donnell is another Pittsburgh artist. Emotional Apocrypha of the Bubblegum Gospel, his debut studio album, is a mix of folk, folk-rock, and psychedelia. To be honest, this album is further over on the folk spectrum than what I usually listen to. That said, it’s pretty good at what it does, and is varied enough to appeal to those who aren’t necessarily down with folk music.

I particularly liked “Excuse Me,” “Standard Issues,” and “Barefoot,” which are country-tinged pop-folk. “Dying Dreams,” “Whoopiedoodie,” are reminiscent of Neutral Milk Hotel, while “Dave’s Matching Blanket and Shirt” has this kind of ’80s vibe that helps break up the album.

Many of the other songs, especially “Take me Home,” are a little too folky for my tastes, but if you are into that sort of thing, should give this a try. It’s a good debut effort, and I like to see what O’Donnell does on his next album.

Emotional Apocrypha of the Bubblegum Gospel is available through the Monkey Corner Website.

Seán O’Donnell’s MySpace

-jason

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