Har Mar Superstar : The Handler
Sean Tillman finally delivers on that promise of being 'the fucking best'
Free of budgetary restraints, the LA Album is all about the artist's lifetime vision, and for [a]Har Mar Superstar[/a] that apparently entailed making a celeb-laden fuckfest of a record, as slick as anything by The Matrix and blissfully free of any Axl-style edicts to top hat-wearing guitarists.
[a]Har Mar Superstar[/a]'s apparent ubiquity with every hip band on either side of the Atlantic means that he's able to slide in a few illicit treats on 'The Handler' that were sadly missing from 'You Can Feel Me'. Consequently, we get 'Cut Me Up', his duet with Karen O and an ode to the [a]Yeah Yeah Yeahs[/a] frontwoman's feminine moistness, while O's pasty-faced goth compatriot Nick Zinner finally does something interesting and gets himself porno-fied by bhangra-fying the Dirty Dancing theme tune that drives 'Back The Camel Up'.
Holly Valance then adds a vocal line that makes the song as morally incorrect as a cheeky peek at Charlotte Church's Brazilian.
Stateside Feminems Northern State even get in on the act on the jazzed up, beat-heavy 'Bird In The Hand' (sample lyric: "Boot cut, low rise, no panties, all thighs and an ass that's gonna leave you hypnotized").
Over-produced, bloated with stars and as infectious as herpes, 'The Handler' is [a]Har Mar Superstar[/a]'s best effort to date. Already past the supermodel-as-accessory clichés, it's time to start taking the big-boned Lothario as seriously as anyone who breakdances in Y-fronts for a living.
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