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I knew he could be funny. I didn't know he could be this good.,
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This review is from: Artificial Heart (MP3 Music)
I'm fairly new to JoCo; I know him from his earlier Internet hits like "Code Monkey". Those early songs were funny and fun, rocking and geeky. But could he sustain that and turn it into real quality musicianship? The answer, in short, is "YES".
This is a smooth and elegant transition from basement to studio production; none of the fun, quirks, originality, or raw energy are lost. Much has been made of TMBG's John Flansburgh's role in the producer's seat, and while you can definitely hear a strong Flansburgh influence, JoCo's distinctive style isn't hampered in any way. The two styles blend and merge without harming the original. Both musicians are quirky, but while TMBG often breaks towards the weird, JoCo maintains a strong modern indy feel.
As for the songs: "Sticking it to Myself" is a rocking opener, funny, fun, and self-reflective. "Artificial Heart" is as quirky (and catchy) as anything. "Nemeses" has "indy hit" written all over it (in a good way). And the album continues...there's not a bad track here. You won't be disappointed.