Hobo Johnson screams “I Think we’re F#ked, I think I’m F#cked” and I think most of us can relate. The state of things hasn’t exactly been peachy for the last couple of years and it only stands to reason he feels the desire to speak out about it. Johnson, not so much a singer as he is a modern-day poet he touches upon some pretty heavy topics in his latest offering, The Revenge of Hobo Johnson.
Songs like “I want to see the world”, “Prequel to Animal Farm” and “My therapist” take swipes at the political spectrum and his frustrations with it. A departure from the likable humourous type antics of his previous releases. Speaking about the album, he cites progressive thought as an inspiration for this project.
My last record, The Fall of Hobo Johnson, was my first time working with a major label to release music. It was not for me. I decided my next record needed to be entirely under my own control… After converting our band into a democratic and egalitarian institution, we created The Revenge.
~ Hobo Johnson
The most painful and depressing song on this album has got to be the somber “You want a baby” which is a laundry list of reasons not to have children in the world we are living in. While filled with many thought-provoking topics, the album doesn’t seem to evoke the upbeat energetic power of past releases. Perhaps, like many of us stuck in quarantine and avoiding covid, Johnson built up his sad frustrations and let them all loose at once.
Overall, the album probably won’t appeal to fans seeking something laid back and funny. It’s deeper and darker than anything he has done in the past so if you are sick of politics or reasons why the country is falling apart it’s probably not an album for you.
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