Meatloaf At The Sun (2004, Rev-Ola)(4.2/5)
Butterscott is comprised of one Jonathan Scott.
Apparently this fella has been around the pop scene for years, lingering
about on the renowned Poptones and Creation labels. We should all
know what having Mr. McGee as a supporter can do for one's name.
However, this album finds its way into the archives of Rev-Ola,
home to many notable power-pop, psyche, garage luminaries.
The album itself is sprinkled with pop of all flavors.
You name it, it's here. Mr. Scott wastes no time flexing his ability
to implant a tune in your head with the opening sing-songy 'Bubblegum
Man'. You'll find a few jangly, Byrds-ian numbers like 'He Is Very
Pretty' & 'Fields Of Fields', AM pop 'Blow Pop Sun' & 'Dubblebubbledandylionluv',
upbeat rockers 'Belated Birthday', even a slab of Middle Eastern
tinged psyche-pop, 'America Sundae'.
times the lyrical content can be downright ridiculous and silly.
Scott bares his soul when providing us with an ode to exceptionally
large manhood, 'Hung Like A Horse'. See 'Questionnaire', where he
notes the world consists of questions everywhere you turn, including
'how big is Frank Black's derriere?' I am willing to forgive such
antics (hopefully Mr. Black can) when set to such high quality sing-a-long
This will most definitely appeal to fans of Syd
Barrett ethos, Daniel Johnston, Tall Dwarfs (Chris Knox), They Might
Be Giants or hell, even the Moldy Peaches. It's certainly not a
thinking man's album of any sort but I wouldn't cast it off as a
novelty affair either. Kudos to Rev-ola/Cherry Red and Butterscott
for a fine presentation!