Mark Humble | Guilty Pleasure Cabaret

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Guilty Pleasure Cabaret

by Mark Humble

Special Anniversary price: $9.99. Energized Power Pop with arrangements that ring with Surf influences while the wordy lyrics owe more to quirkiness. - Listen.com
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1. Good Machine
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2. Home Sweet Home
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3. Baby
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4. Try Again
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5. Necessity
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6. Two Steps
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7. Chinese Water Torture
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8. I'm Freezin, Ma!
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9. One More Kiss, Goodbye
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10. The Walkaway
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11. Turn Off The T.V.
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Mark is a busy lad, playing in fab Beatles cover bands like the Butties and Bubble, Irish Folk Combo the County Kings, and writing lyrics for Sesame Street. "Guilty Pleasure Cabaret" is a solo project recorded at East Side Studios in New York's Lower East Side. Mark's pal Lee Richards was an engineer at the studio; he called Mark whenever the studio was empty, usually late at night. Over the course of a year, they recorded nearly 30 songs. Some of them ended up on the soundtrack of an indie film called "Young Teamsters." A bunch of them are on this CD. You can listen to previews here on CD baby.

e-mail humblemark@gmail.com Enjoy the music.


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P.MacBryant-AntiMatters


Not Surprisingly to me, a few of history's premier revolutionaries were quiet types, going about the business of making things different rather unobtrusively in the workaday world; seldom aware of the impact they were having or going to have on the rest of us. Still, in contemporary times, the genius that gets play isn't normally the one most quietly expressed or tastefully exhibited. With the release of his debut album, "Guilty Pleasure Cabaret," singer/songwriter Mark Humble reminds us that there is always room for at least one worthy exception to that harsh rule in life and popular music. Mr. Humble fuels the argument that some acoustic folk pop artists can address the ironies of life and love far more convincingly than so many of their louder, more acrimonious musical contemporaries ever could. Anyone who's been to any of Humble's gigs at the Fort will recognize most of the gems on this disc. There's a great version of his most upbeat song "Home Sweet Home" on here while the rest of the record succeeds in showcasing Humble's two principle strengths as a songwriter: 1) his ability to champion tenderness articulately in a lyric without ever descending into emotional overstatement and 2) his gift for inventively wedding a sharp, sometimes sardonic (often quirky) lyrical wit with catchy melodies. Whether it's the beautifully sad "Two Steps" his black and brilliantly witty soft shoe about the horrors of American prejudice, "Chinese Water Torture," the satirical send up of relationships in modern times, "Good Machine" or the song that gets my vote for the most achingly beautiful losing out in love tune a Fort artist has produced, "One More Kiss, Goodbye," there are a number of good moments on this album, and only a few low notes where Humble seems to trip over his own devices and attempts to be clever. He probably took some razzing for his name in younger days. No matter. Humble has made a wonderful contribution in the sensitive singer/songwriter mode that he has every right to brag about for some time to come. He probably won't though. Why spoil the power of modest brilliance?

Paula


Mark Humble is the Cole Porter of our age. The depth and wit of his lyrics, and the catchiness and at times complexity of his melodies are reasuring in an era when the sloppiest stuff is heralded as poetry. The stand-outs on this album are "Chinese Water Torture", a haunting account of anti-Asian violence, and "Necessity," a sparkling little pop-opera about bravery.