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Atom and His Package
Attention Blah Blah Blah
Hopeless Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Dust off your fart jokes and stretch out your wet willy finger, Atom and His Package are back with a new album full of song titles long enough to earn the respect of Liars. But that really isn't fair. Although his nasal voice, ADD-style electro-punk and silly subject matter may prevail, Atom's wit and sense of humor are really far above the grain and offer much more enjoyment than your average musician and his or her package. Countering a song about the controversial topic of engaging in matrimony with one's grandparents ("Does Anyone Else in This Room Want to Marry His or Her Own Grandmother?") there is one about the plight of the Palestinians in the Middle East conflict ("The Palestinians are Not the Same Thing as the Rebel Alliance, Jackass"), and they are both performed with the same finesse and humor to make you laugh in spite of yourself, tight ass!

Just admit it. Atom is funny and his songwriting ability just seems to be getting better with each album. "Possession (Not the One by Danzig)" opens with a lone synth and drum beat before launching into a rousing chorus of squawks and punk guitars. "I, Professional Gambler" busts out into fierce metal guitars after the peppy bass intro. And Atom plays all this stuff himself, due in large part to the helping, er, hands of his Package an all inclusive term for his synths and sequencers, which he freely admits on his website is kind of stupid. He also includes several hate emails that he has received over the years, clearly proving that he is in on his own jokes and it's ok to think he's kind of dumb, even while you are enjoying his songs.

I first listened to this album while driving to the ol' head shrinker at 7 AM on a typical LA morning in mind numbing traffic, and it put me in a really good mood normally not my frame of mind at that moment. By the time "Head with Arms" started playing on my car stereo, reminding me of why the octopus really is the best animal and the one you should have on your t-shirts, I was smiling. Attention Blah Blah Blah might have just been the best therapy I had all week.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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