Album: Hank Shizzoe, Breather (Blue Rose)

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Swiss singer-songwriter Hank Shizzoe puts his native multi-lingualism to good use on Breather, with covers of Italian Adriano Celentano's prescient 1976 commentary on economics, "Svalutation", and "Et Moi, Et Moi, Et Moi" by Sixties' French Dylan wannabe Jacques Dutronc, the monotone diatribe of which is perfectly suited to Shizzoe's deadpan delivery.

His own songs reflect the creeping disillusion of age, including a sardonic dismissal of online social networking ("Safe New World") and dyspeptic musings on the other new world in "Only In America", prompted by disgust at the spectacle of Michael Jackson's funeral. He's ably accompanied by his own guitar, banjo, slide guitar and keyboards in a variety of Euro-Americana modes, from rockabilly to boogie.

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