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M.J. Hibbett & The Validators

"Shed Anthems" CDEP

Artists Against Success / Sorted Records

Genres: indie pop

Feb 28 - Mar 6 2005

MJ Hibbett & The Validators' Shed Anthems EP is a truly fun record.  Hibbett and co. are definitely enjoying themselves here, and that seems to rub off on the listener.  Melodically, these songs aren't incredible - but their cheery, sing-along structure makes them sound good anyway.  The whole thing sounds sort of like an inebriated Belle & Sebastian improvising songs by a campfire.  "Billy Jones is Dead" and "Let the Weird Band Win" are the most successful tracks here - they have a nice quality to them that urges you to sing along.  The hidden track is also a fun little romp, perfectly exemplifying the type of silly, offbeat storytelling that Hibbett does so well.  While these may not be the catchiest songs in the world, the combination of good fun and lyrical ingenuity makes for a successful release.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 6 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by the label, released 2004]