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Neil Hamburger: Sings Country Winners


Neil Hamburger

Album: Sings Country Winners
Label: Drag City

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Anti-comedian Neil Hamburger is adept at finding new ways to be horrible. Unfortunately, those ways are often designed more to be annoying than exciting. After albums like 2002's Laugh Out Lord (a mix of clean Christian comedy and dirty jokes) and 1998's earnest Tribute To Diana, Princess Of Wales EP, the only conceivable way the audience-baiting, obnoxiously throat-clearing Hamburger can alienate his audience further is with a straight-faced country album—and terrible singing. He dons a Texas toupee and bolo tie, but the shtick is essentially the same. Though it succeeds at being boring, unbearable, and cookie-cutter Music Row fare, there are scattered moments that make the bumpy ride worthwhile, like a diatribe against idiots who recycle too much ("The Recycle Bin"), in which he booms, "Stop tainting the waste stream with pieces of wood and old underwear!" and the obligatory patriotic song, "How Can I Still Be Patriotic (When They've Taken Away My Right To Cry)."