3 Balloons [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Love him or hate him -- and that really does seem all there is to choose from -- 3 Balloons finds novelty songster Stephen Lynch on a roll, keeping the quality high even when the formula is the same it has been for the past decade. "Waiting" is quintessential Lynch style as it starts off believably wistful and searching and then does a complete 180, becoming depraved and somewhat vicious. The song's chamber music arrangement is clever but it's the sudden switch to mocking AIDS testing that will drive the more prudish away. Those same people should also stay away from the songs that devolve into subjects such as children being "assholes" ("Fishin' Hole"), cocaine being ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Love him or hate him -- and that really does seem all there is to choose from -- 3 Balloons finds novelty songster Stephen Lynch on a roll, keeping the quality high even when the formula is the same it has been for the past decade. "Waiting" is quintessential Lynch style as it starts off believably wistful and searching and then does a complete 180, becoming depraved and somewhat vicious. The song's chamber music arrangement is clever but it's the sudden switch to mocking AIDS testing that will drive the more prudish away. Those same people should also stay away from the songs that devolve into subjects such as children being "assholes" ("Fishin' Hole"), cocaine being smuggled by anus (the title track), and unhealthy obsessions with breasts ("Hallelujah"). Sick humor aficionados, however, will thrill at the way "The Ballad of Scarface" works the film's "Her womb is so polluted" line into the lyrics, and the four "Dear Diary" interludes -- all from tragic historical figures -- will seem like manna from heaven. "It doth resemble Fidel Castro eating a London broil!" is a lyric from "Medieval Bush," and that's all the info you need to decide if 3 Balloons is the album for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/24/2009
  • Label: What Are Records
  • UPC: 744626101122
  • Catalog Number: 61011
  • Sales rank: 16,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Waiting (3:58)
  2. 2 Fishin' Hole (3:54)
  3. 3 Dear Diary 1 (0:47)
  4. 4 Crazy Peanuts (3:08)
  5. 5 3 Balloons (4:04)
  6. 6 Dear Diary 2 (0:48)
  7. 7 Medieval Bush (2:38)
  8. 8 A History Lesson (2:32)
  9. 9 Dear Diary 3 (0:48)
  10. 10 You (Prettier Than) (2:56)
  11. 11 The Ballad of Scarface (4:48)
  12. 12 America (3:24)
  13. 13 Dear Diary 4 (0:48)
  14. 14 Hallelujah (4:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephen Lynch Primary Artist
Erik Della Penna Electric Guitar
Ivan Bodley Bass
Dave Eggar Cello
Dean Sharenow Drums
Rich Campbell Piano
Jonathan Dinklage Violin, Viola
David Josefsberg Vocals
Technical Credits
Scott Hull Mastering
Dean Sharenow Producer, Engineer
Stephen Lynch Composer
Jonathan Dinklage String Arrangements
Danny Shatzky Engineer
Eric Halborg Artwork
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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Deliciously warped, as usual

    Stephen Lynch is an excellent musician with a lovely voice and a completely deranged sense of humor. The title song alone is worth buying the CD, and the song "Waiting" is so evilly funny. I'm not a big fan of "Scarface" but I guess you had to like the movie, or at least have seen it, to appreciate the song. The lyrics go from the silly ("Medieval Bush") to the sublime ("Prettier Than You"). There are odes to the comic strip Peanuts, America, and bodacious tatas (not his words, which would probably get this review banned, but you get the idea). The music is good too; you will find yourself humming some of these songs after you listen, whether you plan to or not. Warning: this CD is decidedly not for children or those of delicate sensibilities.

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