King For A Day - Bobby Conn
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  • Summary: The eccentric Chicago artist returns with his first disc in three years.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
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  1. A series of songs that are seriously well-constructed and complicated - yet deeply, deeply odd.
  2. Overblown orchestrations, searing choruses, a demonic self-help tape pastiche and odes to Tom Cruise’s private life are tempered by sparse melodic interludes and tender songs of souls battling against grim routine.
  3. A spectacular record. [#16, p.90]
  4. It helps tremendously that “King for a Day” is such a sonically ambitious album. [19 Feb 2007]
  5. As good as the record sounds and as capably as he immerses himself in assorted flavors pop, there remains an odd sense of distance to Conn on record.
  6. The artifice of stardom has turned Conn's music anaemic, and the exhausted strings, overexcited guitars and mellow funk grooves end up as disposable as his subjects.
  7. The problem lies in Conn himself, a mannered vocalist whose lyrics aren't as funny or provocative as he thinks. [Mar 2007, p.111]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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