Not Lame has been touting the talents of Chris Arduser for years now - and itÂ`s not just a well-meaning gesture as Arduser is one of the biggest talents weÂ`ve seen. Put an instrument in his hand and he owns it. Completely. Arduser was a founding member of The Raisins, Psychodots and The Bears but his solo work shines so strong, each one building on the many successes of the one that came before it. "Hapless" ups the bar, yet again. This is the best place to begin other than stopping reading right now and listening to the tuneage we put below. Fans of The Bears and Psychodots will find a few songs here that would fit perfectly inside those bands, but mostly each and ever one of the songs here is just uniformly exellent and genre-defying. What do you call, great music that is birthed from the womb of rock `n roll but does not look anything like its parents but has all the mannerisms and character nuances of them?
"Arduser`s third release, "Hapless," is easily his best, thanks to a seamless batch of smart pop songs, high-end production values, and a wonderful mix of shiny, happy melodies that counter dark, twisted lyrics.
It`s a sophisticated disc that takes what he learned on his first two solo outings - "Hostage" and "Celebrity Motorcade" - and leaps forward. The most apt comparison is to the later works of XTC, with layered arrangements, crafty writing, and a sense that each song has something new to reveal each time you hear it. Arduser is hitting his stride, and here`s hoping that he keeps at it for a long time."-Toledo Blade. Huge Stack Of Thumbs Up(if we had more than two of them!)!
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