So this is an album I first heard basically when it came out. I actually have no idea how I first heard of Atom and His Package and usually I have at least a clue somewhere. But it’s lost to the sands of time, I just know I liked him enough that when this album came out I got it on CD because I wanted it. I got this on vinyl just recently because it was only $14 and it was worth it to me.
So this is such a strange bit of music to address because it feels almost like comedy except it’s not and it’s better than we tend to think of things that are comedic. There is actually a long line of underground artists like this, people who just can’t quite take things seriously and it frustrates some people who want to see what the bad would do if they’d quit joking around. I feel like those people just don’t understand what it’s like to not be able to stop joking around, it’s the only way you’re comfortable. You can’t do something entirely sincerely because it is just too vulnerable, you have to shield yourself by mocking it some so you can say, oh see, I don’t take it seriously either so when you criticize it no problem, I meant for it to not be good/serious/whatever. Which is what this makes me think of. I like this record, it is catchy and the whole electropunk thing is a thing I enjoy. But there is definitely that wall there, these are not deeply personal songs and the ones who get close to that they end up veering into jokes eventually. I guess for me that’s part of the charm, I can see why it’s happening and so I have catchy songs that reveal more than they think they do. But mileage may vary there. Hey, at least there are 3 Mountain Goats covers here, that’s nice too.