Macaroni

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Longtime Chicago showman Bobby Conn has always held theatrics in as high a regard if not higher than musicianship. Whether claiming himself the anti-Christ, propagating the ridiculously convoluted "Continuous Ca$h Flow System," or lampooning George Bush and Tom Cruise with equal vigor, Conn has relied on high concept, fabrication, and over-the-top absurdity since his beginnings. With his sixth studio album Macaroni, Conn revisits some of the social commentary of his Bush administration-era album The Homeland, this time addressing the Occupy Wallstreet movement while at the same time offering a scathing critique of many of its hipster minions' lifestyles. From the Marc Bolan...
See more details below
CD (Digi-Pak)
$12.02
BN.com price
(Save 14%)$13.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (2) from $8.44   
  • New (2) from $8.44   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Longtime Chicago showman Bobby Conn has always held theatrics in as high a regard if not higher than musicianship. Whether claiming himself the anti-Christ, propagating the ridiculously convoluted "Continuous Ca$h Flow System," or lampooning George Bush and Tom Cruise with equal vigor, Conn has relied on high concept, fabrication, and over-the-top absurdity since his beginnings. With his sixth studio album Macaroni, Conn revisits some of the social commentary of his Bush administration-era album The Homeland, this time addressing the Occupy Wallstreet movement while at the same time offering a scathing critique of many of its hipster minions' lifestyles. From the Marc Bolan falsettos of the album-opening title track, Conn volleys between glam, funk, and slight electro flourishes as the foundations for his lyrical rants. On pseudo-protest songs like "Govt," "Greeed," or "Can't Stop the War," it's hard to tell how meta the message is. They seem more like actual condemnations of the U.S. government and the spiritual bankruptcy of modern times than tongue-in-cheek novelty songs, but is it possible Conn is just making fun of people who make protest songs by writing some himself? With a history of falsehood as deep as his, he runs the risk of being the boy who cried "Concept!" when trying to make any kind of serious statement. Apart from this confusing aspect, the album is surprisingly cohesive. Macaroni seems to weigh heavier on the side of musical focus than his previous work. The snaky Afro-beat trappings of "The Truth" seem concerned with laying down a groove and little else, and the production throughout is clear and crackling. Members of Chicago loft scene bands like the Detholz! and Mahjongg make up Conn's powerful and spot-on backing band the Burglars, creating a sound richer than on any of his earlier records. Even in such brilliant full color, Bobby Conn remains an acquired taste. His songs are the aural equivalents of when a creepy stare from a stranger on the bus gets to be a bit much, even when he's on a comical diatribe about organic produce or "all the kids today typing on their phones." Macaroni is classic Bobby Conn, and much like its crudely drawn cover depicting an appropriation of the classic blue and orange Kraft Mac n' Cheese box, those who like it will love it, and those who don't will likely pay it no mind.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2012
  • Label: Fire Records
  • UPC: 809236118226
  • Catalog Number: 182
  • Sales rank: 172,234

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Macaroni (2:46)
  2. 2 Gov't (5:06)
  3. 3 Face Blind (3:51)
  4. 4 The Truth (4:15)
  5. 5 More Than You Need (3:38)
  6. 6 Can't Stop the War (5:16)
  7. 7 Greed (3:07)
  8. 8 Underground Vktm (3:11)
  9. 9 Afterschool (2:05)
  10. 10 Walker's Game (4:09)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby Conn Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kelly Hogan Background Vocals
Monica BouBou Violin, Vocals, Background Vocals, Electric Violin
Nora O'Connor Background Vocals
Josh Johannpeter Percussion, Drums, Electric Drums
Jon Steinmeier Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Jim "Dallas" Cooper Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roger Seibel Mastering
Bobby Conn Arranger, Composer, Engineer, Collage, Cover Drawing
Benjamin Balcom Engineer
Derek Becker Booking
The Burglars Arranger
Stefanos Rokos Paintings
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously