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Closely resembling a 1980's pop god, with Robert Smith's messy hair and Nick Rhodes' guyliner, Tim Minchin is a bit of an enigma. Originally from Australia, Tim first emerged onto the comedy scene in 2005 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his show "Dark Side".
I first saw him on television a few years later when he performed at the Secret Policeman's Ball on Channel 4. The gorgeous long tousled hair and cheeky grin of this talented wordsmith caught my eye immediately. (Oddly I find men with long hair and completely bald men equally attractive. Don't know what that says about me)!
Not only was he easy on the eye, he was clearly a gifted musician too. But what really made him stand out from the other comedians was his ability to write and perform wonderfully wicked and hilariously funny songs. I had thought that no-one could match the witty lyrics and human warmth of Victoria Woods, until I heard Tim performing "If I didn't have you", complete with his now trademark self conscious dance moves.
In 2009 I was lucky enough to see Mr Minchin live in my home town during his "Ready for This?" tour. It was a brilliant night and a few days later I downloaded this live album from itunes because I loved the songs so much. Whenever I have my itunes on shuffle, and one of Tims songs come on I have to stop whatever I'm doing and just listen because the lyrics make me laugh out loud. If I have my ear phones on and I'm in a public place at the time, people actually think I'm mad!
We start with the title song, which showcases Tim's unique musical talents, and his devilish sense of humour.
Track 2 is called Prejudice and is a thought-provoking ballad about the trials of being a redhead, and how only fellow reds can ever use the "G" word.
The third track is a tongue-in-cheek rant about religion, in which Tim encourages audience participation and it should really be offensive, but just ends up being absurdly funny because of his refusal to be intimidated by the audiences' British reserve. Never one to shy away from controversy, Tim's music is always on the fringe of bad taste, yet you just can't help being genuinely impressed and amused by the clever lyrics.
Other highlights include the aforementioned "If I didn't have you", written for Tim's wife, in which he confesses candidly that if they had never met he would probably be with someone else, and speculates on how different his life would be if he had settled with another woman. It's an affectionate ode to the love of this life, with a sartorial nod to fate and the role it plays in all our lives.
My favourite is the epic poem "Storm", a cuttingly sarcastic account of a dinner party where Tim is introduced to a young, attractive, tattooed new-age hippy, full of spiritual claptrap, and his unsuccessful attempts to reign in his drunken ego as she argues with him across the table.
It is a truly impressive piece of work which gives an insight into the mind of Tim Minchin, a man who appears to have an angel perched on one shoulder and a devil on the other.
The album ends with an emotional ballad about Tim's family back in Oz and how they spend Christmas together. In complete contrast to the other tracks, this one tugs at the heart strings and brings a lump to your throat. It is a stripped-back, honest account of what he holds most dear and is a fitting finale to this enthralling and entertaining live album.
Catch him live if you can, you won't regret it. Unless you are easily offended, in which case, you might!
My sister has a massive crush on Tim Minchin and this has two benefits. The first being that she no longer babbles on about Noel Fielding and the second is she'll buy his DVDs and albums so I get to watch and listen to them for free. His appearance on Never Mind The Buzzcocks was the first time I saw him but on a show which isn't all about the guests he wouldn't of had the chance to of made any sort of impression. Then he was on Friday Night With Jonathon Ross which I didn't bother watching. In fact I didn't have a clue as to who he was until youtube videos of his shows were shoved down my throat. Finally this album was forced upon me by said family member but it wasn't one I instantly took to.
British born Australian musician/comedian (think that's in the right order!) Tim Minchin has become quite well known over here in the UK. Singing mainly funny songs he has a recognizable voice, not unlike a more tuneful yet darker mixture of James Blunt and Daniel Bedingfield. Although that isn't something I'd dare to say out loud to a die hard fan.
Ready For This is a 15 track album with songs taken from his show of the same name. The majority of these are a bit quirky, includes piano playing and in some places might cause you to laugh...or frown depending on your sense of humour. They can also include swearing, occasionally of the more extreme kind, smutty lyrics and what could be portrayed as slight mockery of religions. So you might want to be hesitant as to who you listen to it with. When our Gran popped round it was swiftly replaced with Jamie Callum.
My two favourite tracks are ones where the lyrics couldn't be anymore different. Song For Phil Daoust was penned because of a non too complimentary review. The name meant nothing to me but I did a bit of googling as you do and I believe I have found the journalists opinions. (http://tinyurl.com/c8wn9y) Make of it what you will. It's quite aggressive and isn't backwards in coming forwards with the lyrics. A song which doesn't slow down and is very in your face musically wise. Although there is piano playing, it is largely the drums and guitar which comes through. Containing lyrics such as 'I still want to cut big chunks of flesh out of your stupid face' it wasn't one I liked from the start but it is infuriatingly catchy and a bit of a grower.
Canvas Bags is another of my favourites. This one has the possibility of being a bit bland but when you get about 90 seconds in, the track uplifts and what is technically known as getting louder changes the whole song. It's more vocal and although not really amusing, focusing on getting rid of plastic carrier bags, it's probably one of the strongest on the album.
Other songs include the very sweet and sentimental White Wine in the Sun, a lengthy piano pounding track called Darkside and The Good Book, one which wouldn't be out of place in a folk club. So overall a really wide selection of songs and styles of music to listen to.
To me this isn't a perfect album and there are a few tracks which I could do without. Encore and Interval songs are fine for when you're actually at his show but just seem a little pointless being included on the album. They aren't really songs and although very brief they don't exactly fit in.
Bears Don't Dig on Dancing is another which I tend to skip. Simply because the music is a style which I can't stand. A bit jerky, almost an electric/dance/disco theme which I think has a bit of a weak tune. But then that's what the 'next' button is for.
If you want an album to make you smile and don't mind swearing or crude lyrics then you might just enjoy this. However if you don't then I'd suggest you have a quick visit to youtube and watch some of the Tim Minchin videos. I was (and still am to a certain extent) someone who thought such things were a bit unnecessary and for singers who lacked imagination, wanting themselves to sound more edgy for want of a better word. Even after my first few listens of this album I though he was a bit of a wally. My opinion swiftly changed after a bit though which is why I'm suggesting you give it a quick look rather than being put off straight away.
I normally show little interest in comedy songs but I think he has ever so slightly convinced me that I should give them more of a try. He isn't a mainstream artist so it's highly unlikely you'll find this album in the shops. You can however download it through Amazon for £4.99 or visit his official site www.timminchin.com and buy it for £10
Either way it's not one to miss out on, an album which I should be sick of it betime now after my continual listening of it.
Its hard to know what to expect when you look at the album cover. If I hadn't been a big fan of Tim Minchin for some time, i'd think this was a heavy metal album. Quite to the contrary, this is an album of pure comedy genius. It was always going to be hard to follow up on the massive success that was So F**king Rock but here we are with an album straight out of the top drawer. There have been some adaptations with the re-use of Canvas Bags and Darkside on this album but for the most part, its all new stuff. Particularly highlights have to be 'Confessions', the absolutely hilarious 'Song for Phil Daoust' and the absolutely beautiful 'White Wine in the Sun'. I've heard several variations to 'White Wine in the Sun' but the album version is particularly special with the string accompaniment. Another particular favourite of mine is the 9 minute beat poem 'Storm', which tells of a story of Tim and his wife at a friends evening meal, in which Tim gets in an argument with a spiritualist. I'd hate to ruin it for you but lets just say, Tim goes on one of his 'rare but fun rants'.
I love this album, its brought freshness to an already fantastic artist and I for one will be buying tickets on his return to Manchester
This is the third and latest album released from Tim Minchin. At the moment I really like his music and his comedy, so I bought this from amazon (not before listening to most of the songs on youtube so I knew that I would like them)!
This was recorded at the queen elizabeth hall in london, but it was part of his tour which performed all over the UK. On this album there isn't any dialogue between each of the tracks apart from little introductions to the songs, so you might have to watch the DVD before hand to get some of the jokes or wtch some of them on youtube!
On this album there are fifteen tracks (all of them music). The themes of these songs are very varied. At times he songs about religion sometimes he sings sentimental songs but most of them are comedy.
The track listing goes like this:
1. Ready for this?
3. I love Jesus
4. The good book
5. If I didn't have you
7. Canvas bags
8. The interval song
9. Bears don't dig on dancing
10. The song for Phil Doust
11. Youtube lament
14. White wine in the sun
The best song out of all of these at the moment in my opinion would be the good book. This song is made to be in the style of a kind of hill-billy country and western type of song, with references to religion and teh bible (mainly).
At the moment I would have to say that the song, which I tend to avoid on the whole album is confessions. The tune itself is ni9ce enough with a good lot of piano solos, but the lyrics spoil it a bit I think, and I would advise not to listen to it if you have a sensative nature! This would be the only song to avoid though, as although most of the songs have swearing in them or some insulting theme in them, they are still really very good, and it does tend to make you think about what he is singing about.
The song which I particulary like but I thought I would was the first track ready for this?. I like it because it uses a clever mix of him using his voice to do the drums (pre-recorded) with him also doing the sound of the bass instrument, lady vocals and the guitar. In then end it all comes together and makes a really good puece of music!
The track 'storm' is really what he calls it a beat poem. Where he bases the poem on a theme like homeopathic remedies (for example in this poem). He will have music playing in the background while he speaks the poem to the beat of the music. Which I think is qyuite clever!
Some of these songs go on for quite some time for example white wine in the sun is ten minutes and twenty seconds long, and also darkside is nine minuted and twelve seconds long, so you have to have a long attention span to listen to the lyrics as well as the music. Not really an album to listen to when your tired, as it needs your concentration!
Probably the funniest song out of all of them is prejudice as you think that he going to sing about something quite controversial, and it turns out he is singing about something completely different, which takes you by surprise, which is something that you dont really find in modern songs these days!
Overall I would highly recommend this to anyone who is need of a good laugh, not reccomended to listening to if you have young children in thew house, or as I said before with people who have sensative natures! Brilliant!