The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin
What relevance [a]Madness[/a] will have in the days of market niches and digital simulcasts is debatable...
Except it's not. Not totally. A fine balance is kept between kitchen-sink miserablist tendencies and jolly grown-up japes. And there's a sprightly side to the fairground melodies that rotate around the ska backings, that often contrasts the subject matter. Mostly though, the tales contain sadness, regret, timeworn advice and all that adult stuff. The description of two lonely souls on '4am' and the rueful meditations on the passing of time on 'Saturday Night/Sunday Morning', in particular, carry heavy hearts.
On the funny side, 'The Wizard' does get rather ridiculous while 'Drip Fed Fred''s evocation of the crime side of life has its mirthful moments. And there's something bittersweet about 'Lovestruck''s ode to drinking (the protagonist falls in love with a lamppost). Whatever clown face you prefer, the Dad-ska revival is here.
A deeply weird and very funny animation from the twisted minds of Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jonah Hill
A hilarious and horrifying true story about the world of competitive tickling, to watch with your mouth agape
Eight tracks of harrowingly stripped- back and intense dance music that’ll have you stomping your feet in no time
An hour-long, largely ambient electronic album by the drummer from Alt-J. It’s decent!