There are many problems when an artist attempts to include humor in his or her music.
The foremost of these is that it is usually quite difficult to discern whether the performer is taking him or herself seriously.
The second problem is that, in many cases, there is no point to the humor.
Liam Lynch’s debut, Fake Songs, is rife with both of these problems.
Take the album’s second track, “United States of Whatever,” for example: “I went down to the beach and saw Kiki/ She was like all ‘ehhhh’/ And I was like ‘whatever.'”
The album does have its saving graces, like the all-too-brief guest appearance of actor and Tenacious D vocalist Jack Black on “Rock and Roll Whore.”
Another plus is Lynch’s uncanny ability to sound almost exactly like anyone he wishes.
“Fake Bjork Song” with its eerie, high-pitched vocals will leave you wondering exactly how he does it.
Unfortunately, most of the songs on this album will leave listeners saying “ehhhh” and “whatever.”
– Jeremy Smith