"Arse Biscuits" by Patrick’s Head

by Catherine L. Tully

Artist: Patrick's Head
Album: “Arse Biscuits”
Year produced: 2007

This Philadelphia-based band's most recent release, “Arse Biscuits,” is true to their style–you could call it “acoustic with teeth” since it sinks in instead of fading away. The folk stylings are there, but this is not a blend into the background type band by any stretch of the imagination. The vocals are delivered with the utmost sincerity and the music follows suit.

Songs like “The Sick Note,” tell a little story and have a great sense of wry humor, and if you can hear the title “Kilts Up, Knickers Down” without cracking a smile, it might be time to worry that your sense of humor is drying up! This isn't just a romp album though, the sound delivered is full and strong and vocal quality is stellar here as well.

Track 13, “The Town I Loved So Well” is a touching song that many can probably relate to on some level and is wistful and pretty all at the same time. The CD has a nice flow to it. Not content to limit itself to a narrow sound, Patrick's Head will stretch itself here and there and they succeed quite well each time–the CD is sweet, fun and funny.

Catherine L. Tully is a freelance writer and photographer who specializes in the arts. She has written for American Style and Classical Singer, among others and reviews music for Marc Gunn's Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. You can reach her through her photography website at www.moonbeamdigital.com.

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