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Songs Without Jokes

Bret Mckenzie

Songs Without Jokes

Debut full-length non-comedy album from Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie

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  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    Evocative of Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman at their most extroverted, McKenzie’s songs provide great warmth, too. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    This album shows he has the chops to make fantastic music, and maybe next time, he can even drop the qualifier that the album is not intended to be funny
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  3. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Bret McKenzie is, indeed, just as good at writing ‘songs without jokes’ as he is at penning ones that are full of them. Perhaps even better
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  4. 6.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    He might not be making the audience laugh this time round, but they’ll be no less inclined to listen. Even without jokes at hand, listeners are just as likely to leave with at least a little smile on their face
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  5. 6.0 |   Mojo

    McKenzie is so focused on craft ahead of melody that an album this determined to be without jokes might have actually benefited from a couple. Print edition only

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