Album Review: Jeffrey Lewis - 'A Turn In The Dream-Songs'
A wise departure from angstier mires of yore
7 / 10
If our ability to repeatedly make the same mistakes is part of what makes us human, then Jeffrey Lewis
makes the rest of us look like robots. The anti-folk pioneer’s sixth album for Rough Trade is a familiar comedy of errors, full of dusky textures with a sparkling hue of optimism. From ‘So What If I Couldn’t Take It
’'s poison-guzzling neurotic who “Quickly turned on the cap/Out of concern for the rats”
, to the ‘Cult Boyfriend
’ without “A second date... or even first”
, the New York artist breathlessly unspools literate tales of woe that 'Flight Of The Conchords’
writers would slay for. Elsewhere capitalist-baiting fable ‘Krongu Green Slime
’ (pure comic book-loving Jeff, that title) shows a maverick in his element. A wise departure from angstier mires of yore has rendered Jeff less cockle-warmingly funny, but razor-sharp gems like “Truth is stranger than fashion”
as on ‘So What…
’ prove that while the guy’s still writing lyrics for your bedroom wall, they’re at least getting less likely to scare off the visitors.