Bass-led eccentrics Toupé return with their second album, Burgers, a loose concept album based around sex, society, fast food and the music industry.
Featuring nineteen tracks of off-kilter rock & roll with touches of jazz, funk and tango this album is a definite progression from the band’s debut album Alopecia and features digs at everyone from those who work for a living to members of the press who don’t like them “cocking around” via Elvis and record execs.
One of the album’s stand-out tracks is Fuckin’, which appears after a phone call to a label boos who wants them to record a 3 minute pop song about love (this is also one of the points where it is most evident that this is a concept album). The result is a seven minutes sister to Craig David’s Seven Days with none of the subtlety, a lot more sex and a great refrain to finally bring it to a close.
Burgers is a great album full of varied music and with artwork set out to look like a menu (complete with brief descriptions of each song) is makes for a very nice overall package. If the idea of a concept album puts you off, rest assured it’s a pretty erratic one that seems to find it hard to hold one thought for very long. You could write a dissertation on this CD and at the end you’d probably be given a very good Psychology degree.
Originally appeared on Indigo Flow
Label: Hackpen Records
Release date: 5th September 2005