Cruel Cruel World
· Just when you thought Gorillaz had cornered the market on animated bands, Prozzak re-emerges from the abyss.
The 90s brought about a very sad time in popular music. Prozzak, an animated duo, was comprised of two fictitious best friends, Simon and Milo (Jay Levine and James Bryan of the Philosopher Kings). The bands former albums mapped Simons long and fruitless search for a relationship. The group, lacking in musical greatness, made amends with quirky song lyrics, pathetic concept albums and faux Madonna-esque British accents. While songs like "Strange Disease" and "Sucks to be You," were lacking, and we knew it, they unavoidably itched their way under our skin.
Cruel Cruel World, Levine and Bryans latest attempt to revive their cartoon alter-egos, falls short of their previous discs. The album includes none of Prozzaks signature spoken word interludes, and cannot compete with their former guilty pleasure releases. The CD has a feel too cheesy to be real, yet too unfunny to be a genuine parody. Songs like "The Clothes We Wear," opening with the phrase "If we were nude," make the listener anticipate humorous anecdotes to follow, but they are sadly disappointed as the vocalist continues to describe his true inner-self. If Simon continues his seemingly endless pursuit to find a girlfriend, his new album will provide little encouragement for a following of groupies. So sadly, its a cruel, cruel world Prozzak, but we must admit that.