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This is the defining album of 2020

Don't get me wrong, there's been no shortage of great new releases this year - but I can't think of any that represent the manic absurdity of the year 2020 than Neil Cicierega's latest, Mouth Dreams. 

Cicierega has been doing weid stuff on the internet forever, creating viral hits such as the Harry Potter puppet pals and The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, but the comedian really struck gold in 2014 when he released his debut musical mashup album, Mouth Sounds - most of the tracks were based on Smash Mouth's All Star, attaching the lyrics from that song to John Lennon's Imagine or Rob Thomas' Smooth, and so on.


Three albums and six years later, Neil has honed his craft remarkably. Mouth Dreams is his most absurd, and dare I say spiritual, work yet, combining Britney Spears and Beethoven, Limp Bizkit and Peter Gabriel; from Queen to Wario saying "wah!", almost everything is sampled to a deeply silly and oddly profound effect.

It's admitedly not a particularly radio-friendly album, designed to be listened to in-full rather than as individual tracks, but you really should give it a listen asap. Give in to the chaos, baby!

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