The Best Party Ever, Really!!!
Rarely do albums like The Best Party Ever come along and turn the world on its ear with boundless imagination and melancholy joy. Thatâ€šÃ„Ã´s the fun in discovering them, either at the time of release or later on. Through the looking glass of childhood, this debut from The Boy Least Likely To is like a summer sunshine view of love, life, and paranoia shown through topics of monsters, apple wagons, and â€šÃ„ÃºWarm Panda Cola.â€šÃ„Ã¹ This album is one preciously shiny gem of fuzzy-wuzzy pop psychedelia after another beginning with the innocent friendship of â€šÃ„ÃºBe Gentle With Me.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Jof, the singer, uses child-like narration which yields innocence and adult self-appraisal. Lyrics like â€šÃ„ÃºI donâ€šÃ„Ã´t think Iâ€šÃ„Ã´ll ever be happy/Unless Iâ€šÃ„Ã´m unhappyâ€šÃ„Ã¹ from â€šÃ„ÃºHugging My Grudgeâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are awash in sunny, swirling organs, harmonicas and acoustic guitars creating that perfect duality. This album is packed with exponential amounts of cuddliness from the broken-hearted â€šÃ„ÃºPaper Cutsâ€šÃ„Ã¹ to life happening in â€šÃ„ÃºIâ€šÃ„Ã´m Glad I Hitched My Apple Wagon to Your Star.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Listeners will want to hug their childhood toys as Jof laments â€šÃ„ÃºWe donâ€šÃ„Ã´t want to grow upâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºAs sad as I am / I do understandâ€šÃ„Ã¹ in â€šÃ„ÃºMy Tiger My Heartâ€šÃ„Ã¹ about a Calvin & Hobbes -esque imaginary friend.
The Best Party Ever more than lives up to its title. The Boy Least Likely To have delivered enough sun-blushed whimsy to keep listeners warm all year and wanting to stay young forever. This is music with a heart of gold rated â€šÃ„ÃºEâ€šÃ„Ã¹ for â€šÃ„ÃºEveryone.â€šÃ„Ã¹ Whether the world takes notice now or later, this album will ceaselessly tug at the hearts of all who will play it.