The Flexible Entertainer

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  • Summary: This is the first album since Rob Doran left the group in 2008 as Pit Er Pat continues on as a duo with remaining members Butchy Fuego and Fay Davis-Jeffers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. It’s experimental but aimed at embracing an audience first and furthering its makers' out-there adventures second. As such, it’s the most instantly rewarding Pit Er Pat album yet, and deserves to take the duo to a new level of recognition.
  2. While it isn’t as immediate as High Time, fans of that album and hypnotic, improvisatory music will love getting lost in The Flexible Entertainer.
  3. There’s a relentless energy to the music, a beguiling mix of song styles that, on paper, shouldn’t work...but does.
  4. Icy and stiff has been the band's M.O., but its new material demands performances that command that sparseness rather than toy with it. Had the band drawn on some of that confidence from R&B as well as the instrumentation, it could have made this record even more compelling.
  5. It’s a refreshing diversion from yer average psych-noise fare that’ll hopefully be explored further on future offerings.
  6. The first half of the album is excellent, but unfortunately for the listener, Pit Er Pat don’t see that creative streak through to the end.
  7. Davis-Jeffers sounds bored throughout The Flexible Entertainer, and her languid, half-rapped vocals are entirely affectless.

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