While MC Honky's origins lie in the playful fringes of alt rock, I Am the Messiah
crosses over into downright goofiness. Mixing post-big beat dance with cocktail lounge-style clichés, Honky (an nom de plume for a veteran recording artist) manages both the anything-goes spirit of Beck
and the weird science of Esquivel
. None of it is remotely serious and occasionally becomes tiresome in its overzealous drive to be clever. Still, Honkys soulfulness and strong songwriting comes through in even the deeply silly "A Good Day to Be You" and "What a Bringdown." Honkys musical gifts are just as obvious here as in his other gig, and the effortless fun he serves up on Messiah
should appeal to attentive fans as well as casual newcomers. --Matthew Cooke
(Spinart) I Am the Messiah is a bold statement for a debut artist but it might make slightly more sense when you realize that youre actually hearing seasoned veteran, E of the Eels. Under the moniker MC Honky, E displays a masterful, if not messianic ability to splice dance beats, samples, live instrumentation and vocals into comical, absurd and sometimes heartrending tracks. "A Good Day to Be You" instructs fragile egos "Look into the mirror, its a good day to be you, aww yeah" as strings swell and cascade. "Soft Velvety Fer" captures the opposite mood. The vocals are an answering machine message left by a neurotic woman (who sounds like the woman on the Eels "Manchild" from Beautiful Freak) who wants to quit taking the anti-depressant Zoloft. Set to jazzy percussion and guitar, the womans plight is ridiculous until her fear of her own mind becomes palpable and unnerving. Whatever name its under, E manages to illuminate lifes dark comedy.
Christina Saraceno -- From URB Magazine