It’s a difficult thing to put out a “best of” of music by R. Stevie Moore. With over 400 self-released tapes and countless albums released on various labels — where does one begin? A Kind of Best Of is a suitable title then, because it would be exhausting (but pretty fun) trying to rummage through his catalogue.
The opening track “Pop Music” is a great throwback pop tune… about pop music. It’s weirdly meta and a tad on the psychedelic pop side, with wailing guitars a-flowing. Moore is heavily influenced by The Beatles and the Beach Boys, and it’s evident on most of the tracks. “Another Day Slips Away” is a hilarious take on how mundane life can be, almost reaching the point of some satirical children’s song. Moore’s humorous lyrics can’t be matched.
He has also worked with Ariel Pink, and the track “Dutch Me” is featured on this album. Ariel Pink’s vocals sound like an insane person at the Moulin Rouge, but it’s a highly addictive song that you’ll be singing along to in the shower. The highlight may be “Sentimental Ties,” which is a straightforward pop jam. It has everything great about a classic pop song, rolled into one killer track. I’m glad this guy has such a massive catalogue.