In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “The oscillation between half decent and full bullshit continues.”
Sometimes, there can be a universally raved about album by I band I like, yet for some unknown reason, I still can’t bring myself to make the effort to listen to it. Other times, the flimsiest of reasons will make me seek out something I know virtually nothing about. There’s no rhyme or reason to any of this, I don’t understand it myself. What I do understand is, the fact that they are on the same record label as Drive-By Truckers was enough for me to listen to the awfully named King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, and their even more awfully named record, Paper Mache Dream Balloon.
I’m glad I could get past the deliberately corny, wacky names, because Sense is just impeccable sultry song writing. This soft falsetto vocals, perfectly cheesy sax and light piano and guitar combo needs to be on a movie soundtrack right now. The falsetto vocals stick around, but the music gets a lot more bright and bouncy, complete with jazz flute, on the musical sunny day that is Bone.
It’s a kind of music that’s light and enjoyable. But extremely light and enjoyable to its detriment. Because while songs like Dirt and the title track would both put a smile on face if heard individually, when heard back to back on Paper Mache Dream Balloon, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard coasts a little too much on the same whimsically positive vibes over, over and over again.
Then again, that repetitive musical equivalent of lentils and hummus is way better than the on the nose weirdness of Trapdoor. It’s just trying way too hard to be different for the sake of being different. As the name would suggest, The Bitter Boogie adds some much needed bitterness to this record. It’s still far from depression, but the acoustic slide guitar and roadhouse blues vibe are a welcome addition to the King Gizzard dynamic.
The oscillation between half decent and full bullshit continues with the fun rock of N.G.R.I (Bloodstain) and the precious dick pull of Time = Fate. But the rest of Paper Mache Dream Balloon proves that my choosing-a-band-based-on-their-label-mates method of finding new music might not have much merit. Sure, they might be on the same label as Drive-By Truckers and Alabama Shakes, but King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard ‘aint no Drive-By Truckers or Alabama Shakes.