Daniel Johnston CD review

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Daniel Johnston CD review [Eternal Yip Eye]
May 24, 2007, 08:56



What can be said about the peculiar Daniel Johnston that hasn't already been said? The hipster elite has always embraced Johnston's music, as well they should – in a subculture repeatedly charmed by charlatans masquerading as eccentrics (take your pick), it's a pleasure to be able to hear the real deal once in a while. You simply cannot fake Johnston's brand of strangeness. He has endured though, not because he's off his cracker (he is), but because he happens to be a gifted songwriter, as any random collection of his material from the past twenty years will attest. As for this particular release (which does seem quite random), on Johnston's own Eternal Yip Eye label, the track listing leaves a bit to be desired, with far too little from Songs of Pain (No “A Little Story?” No “Pothead?”) but nothing from later, underrated albums like 1994's Fun, but with the inclusion of classics like “Speeding Motorcycle” and “Never Relaxed” as well as two previously unreleased tracks, it's as good an entry point as any, though longtime fans may want to make a date with the CD burner and compile their own greatest hits collection. And it ain't one without “Pothead,” OK? [Eternal Yip Eye]

-James Jackson Toth

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