Archive for September 29th, 2007

Music that Tall Paul probably doesn’t like, but should

29 September, 2007

Hello and welcome,

This week’s ‘Music that Tall Paul probably doesn’t like, but should’ is a great little album from the mid 90’s. The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group’s “Oh Brother, where art thou?”. (Here’s a link to Jim’s MySpace – be ready for it to start playing music automatically, as MySpace pages are wont to do)

The album was released on Minty Fresh way back in 1995, and still makes me giggle and dance. You can gather from the band name that there’s a decent level of quirk going on here, this is advanced by the song ‘Urban Gentleman‘, in which Jim suggests that Gretsch will name a guitar after him. The quirk is perfectly suited to the Alt.Jazz.Country.Pop music that TLJRG produce.

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou is full of sweetness, from the afore-mentioned Urban Gentleman, through the gloriously quirky Every Other Sunday, to the maturing Glad They’re Gone.Every track on this album is a winner for me, and it’s all topped off by Jim’s ‘not perfect’ voice, which fits his stylings wonderfully.

I think Paul won’t like it for its lack of envelope-pushing, and it’s simple silliness. But that’s what I think we should all embrace – a little more simple stupid silliness. That would make me fit in a whole lot better with everyone else.

If you play the drums, you must go far
because everyone here plays guitar

(Mij Amsterdam, The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group)