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  • Singing ridiculous and hilarious lyrics with much earnestness, Don Lennon is master of the three-chord pop song

    • by Gerald Lian

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      Rising from the ashes of Boston rock group The Umpteens, former front man Don Lennon has crafted a collection of songs marking his debut cult-classic album “Maniac”. Sharing the same surname as a former Beatle, although it may be a pseudonym, it is certain he would have made John Lennon a prouder father than the junior Lennon, whose dismal pop career has left little trace on music history. Don Lennon is a one man party band,

      often referred to as the wayward child of Morissey and Johnathan Richman. His style is comparable to Beat Happening, Magnetic Fields, Johnathan Richman and Talking Heads.

      Singing ridiculous and hilarious lyrics with much earnestness, Don Lennon is master of the three-chord pop song. Recurring themes on the album include parties in “Party Coordinator”, “Party in September” and “Party All The Time”; as well as friends in “I Need Friends” and “Best Friends Forever”. Opening track “Definition of ...

      • Love” is a charming outing, chrystallizing Don Lennon’s pop sensibilities. Further in, Don says he reveals more of himself when he “Talks To Girls” and that he needs friends.

        The title of the album, “Maniac” is in stark contrast to the stiff cover photo we see of the man himself, unsmiling, with the tie and shirt get-up, matching the dead pan, straightforward delivery of his lyrics. His quirky song writing skills appear partly autobiographical and are laced

        with pathos and a sense of vulnerability and innocence. The ironic take on topics both personal and universal blends perfectly with the melodic high-end bass trills, propulsive shuffling beats, and ascending and descending keyboard riffs.

        “Maniac” delves deep into the hidden recesses of collective entertainment, highlighting the concept of what a party really is. Listeners will relate to the clever and contagious songs and maybe even get a few hints as how to throw a good party in the process.

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