The Boy Least Likely To - The Law of the Playground
Reviewed by Dave on 13th March 2009
In a time of financial uncertainty, with rising unemployment and failing trust in social and financial institutions what we all need is fourteen songs of sugar sweet, diabetes inducing, pure, undiluted happiness and that is just what ‘The Law of the Playground’ delivers.
Conjuring up images of a perfect childhood ‘The Law of the Playground’ continues in much the same vein as the band’s first album (‘The Best Party Ever’), simplistic melodies combined with soothing vocals and instruments we were all familiar with in primary school.
The second song on the album ‘A Balloon on a Broken String’ with it’s cheerfully melodic chorus “I’m a balloon on a broken string, I’m not attached to anyone or anything anymore” evokes images of loneliness and wanderlust.
Under the surface the gleefully happy songs often explore candid tales from Jof Owen’s childhood and some seemingly darker subject matter.
Whilst ‘The Law of the Playground’ is perhaps too quaint and sugary sweet for the majority of people it’s difficult to imagine anyone hearing any of the songs without tapping their foot whilst smiling like a maniac.
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