Album 0088: Stephen Lynch – Superhero

Release Date: 2003
Genre: Comedy

Tracklisting:

1. Talk To Me (03:20)
2. Dr. Stephen (02:11)
3. Priest (04:29)
4. Country Love Song (02:12)
5. Superhero (08:58)
6. What If That Guy From Smashing Pumpkins Lost His Car Keys (00:53)
7. Mother’s Day (01:07)
8. Taxi Driver (01:28)
9. For The Ladies (01:24)
10. Grandfather (02:36)
11. Bowling Song (Almighty Malachi, Professional Bowling God) (05:01)
12. She Gotta Smile (02:58)
13. Best Friends Song (02:03)
14. D&D (02:47)
15. Down To The Old Pub Instead (03:13)
16. Lullaby (The Divorce Song)/Special Olympics (08:22)

Total Length: 53:02

Talk To Me is just a brilliantly funny song. Made me like Stephen from the first time I heard him. Dr. Stephen is a combination of two song ideas that could work great on their own, so the funny lyrics are complimented by his little asides on the guitar. Priest is fantastic, and the faster pace compared to the studio version really brings it alive. Country Love Song is just plain funny.

Superhero is a great long track where Stephen takes some ideas from the audience and incorporates them into the song. A great showing of his quick wits. What If That Guy From Smashing Pumpkins Lost His Car Keys is a fun little parody. Mother’s Day is an incredible track that works way better live than it did in the studio, the audience reaction is amazing. Taxi Driver is pretty great, but the woman in the audience at the end really makes it.

For The Ladies is again great because of the audience reaction. Grandfather was the other song I heard the first time I heard/saw Stephen Lynch. Brilliant. Bowling Song (Almighty Malachi, Professional Bowling God) is too long and not that good, but Stephen admits it at the beginning so it’s kind of a wash. She Gotta Smile brings out a second singer and is a pretty fun idea for a song, not my favorite though.

Best Friends Song is again a neat idea but the execution isn’t all there. D&D is a very fun song though, I love it anytime they play it. Down To The Old Pub Instead goes back to trend of the duo songs, with a neat concept but the song itself falling flat. Lullaby (The Divorce Song) is a classic of his, and as always it plays even better live. Special Olympics is just amazing, and it’s clear why it was a hidden track on this CD and his DVD. I really do love listening through this album, it’s funny almost all of the time and the energy from the crowd is great.

Final Rating: 9/10

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