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  • Spinning Out of Orbit [Sounds Deevine, 2012] B+

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Spinning Out of Orbit [Sounds Deevine, 2012]
In which an obscurity named Ben Barnes who probably doesn't want the press to know his age or how he brings in the extra-musical funds I'm sure he needs offers an object lesson in how to pull a lot of ass by projecting a sly, dirty sweetness, and in how to write striking songs about pulling a lot of ass by adding tunes to his winsome tales and come-ons. The catchiest of all is called "Suicide Notes as Love Notes," and is preceded by one called "Dr. Nuegurl" that begins "Dr. Nuegurl looks at me and says/That's what you get for fucking a 20-year-old." The finale is called "Happily Ever After," and I hope for the sake of whichever woman he's singing it to that he means it. For his sake too, actually. He is kind of attractive. B+