The songs on 'Storefront Hitchcock' are plucked from throughout Hitchcock's career--live favorite 'The Yip! Song' comes through with its energy intact, even in this stripped-down acoustic setting, while more recent compositions, such as the sardonic sing-along 'I Something You' show that Hitchock's wild imagination is still hard at work. Also of note are the stark, elegant 'I'm Only You' and the wistful 'Beautiful Queen'. Warner. 2005.
The soundtrack to the Jonathan Demme full-length documentary film of the same name, Storefront Hitchcock demonstrates that Robyn Hitchcock's psychedelic folk music is as multifaceted when presented live, solo, and acoustic as it often is with studio elaboration. Hitchcock's Lennon-, Barrett-, and Byrds-influenced songs--a dozen showcased here, both old and new--are dense with off-kilter imagery, humor, and warmth; his guitar playing is strikingly nimble and inventive; and his between-song raps never cease to blow the mind ("I like to imagine a church full of carcasses," begins one such soliloquy). In other words, nothing more is necessary to make Storefront Hitchcock the lively, graceful, and twisted experience it is. --Neal Weiss
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