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Dark, ambitious and incredibly self aware

Album Review: Chilly Gonzales - 'The Unspeakable'

Props to the man who can describe himself as “self-absorbed, the musical maxi-pad” while cellos and horns swell in the background. Jason Beck (aka Gonzales) has a Grammy nomination, a world record for the longest solo performance ever (sadly broken) and now a symphonic white rap album that sounds like Danny Elfman wrote the soundtrack to Brüno.

Arranged by his brother, Christophe Beck, the music is astonishingly ambitious, with Gonzales’ stream of neurosis, parody and one-liners so dense you’d need a shrink convention to work out when he’s being serious. Judging by his self-awareness, that’s probably the point.

Hazel Sheffield

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