Idiot Glee is the pseudonym of James Friley, a 22 year classically trained pianist who is a bit too in love with Brian Wilson. He’s quietly built up a reputation as one to look out for over the past fifteen months with some well received singles, and his full length LP ‘Paddywhack’ refraining to deviate from the Wilsonian formula. Though sparser and more disparate than the Beach Boy’s classic joyfulness, this is an album completely indebted to the eccentric Californian genius. Take ‘FOE’ which has the rolling drums, lovelorn lyrics and wistful sensibility that brings to mind sunshine, sports cars with the top door down and lazy afternoons. As an album, it’s passable and it’ll even make you whistle if you’re so inclined, but, for the most part, this album strays into rip off territory rather than a loving homage.

By Tom Goodwyn

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