Produced by: Bootsy Spankins, P.I.
Tracklist: 1) Makeshift happy Heart, 2) Hot Italian Wife, 3) No more Braces!, 4) Hair of a Politician, 5) Strawberry, 6)Suburban Soap, 7)Polumbo Park
Most people familiar with the music of Bootsy Spankins, P.I. probably discovered him through YouTube series "Board James", in which he played unfortunate klutz "Bad Luck Bootsy" alongside James Rolfe, better known on his part as creator and portrayer of the Angry Video Game Nerd. Mr. Spankins, being a musician, also contributed small commercial-style jingles to some of the episodes. So far this private investigator has published four albums and one EP of music in his own peronal style, and "personal" truly is an apt way of describing his very original style. Chock-full of quirky, sometimes self-deprecating humor and curious observations, set to melancholic melodies and delivered in squeaky clean tenor vocals, somewhere between pop rock, nerdy indie groups and Burt Bacharach.
Suburban Soap is Bootsy's fourth album, released in 2012 and produced and published by the man himself. Seven songs, two of which clock in below the 60-second mark, no more time needed, no more time necessary. Every one of these tunes is different, and despite funny and/or odd subject matter like frustraded spouses (Hot Italian Wife), the struggles with (and benefits of) braces (No more Braces!) or couches that are still warm after having just been occupied by a desired female (Strawberry), all of them have an immense amount of heart and even beauty to them, putting you in a weird state between melancholy and laughter, courtesy of a goofy character called Bootsy Spankins, P.I.
Bootsy's voice and lyrics are definitely the focal point of his songs, but let's not look past the really nice instrumentation. Guitars, bass and drums are accompanied by keyboards, samplers and trumpets, combining to form a fresh and original sound. My personal favorite on Suburban Soap is the title track, in which several scenes are beautifully illustrated by an irresistible vocal melody. I don't even mind that the song gets ever so slightly political, thereby breaking the previously established "quirky" subject matter of the album.
In my opinion this is the best out of all the Bootsy Spankins albums, which you can listen to (and financially support, if you like) on his Bandcamp page. I'd give this album a 10, but there's no such thing as an objective 10, so a 9 it is. Listen in and decide for yourself if it deserves an extra point!