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Mega Breakfast (Bonus Track Version)

The Chap

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Album Review

On "Proper Rock," one of Mega Breakfast's many deeply cheeky moments, the Chap sing about "proper songs about girls and clubbing," but that's the closest they come to such straightforward subject matter. Surgery, cloning, and world music are much more interesting song topics in the Chap's world, and more fitting for their "pop improv disco rock with strings" anyway. Their sound has gotten sleeker, slicker, and brighter with each album, and Mega Breakfast is some of their most electronic — and danceable — music. "They Have a Name" opens the album with a literal call to the dancefloor and one of the band's most insistently kinetic beats. "Caution Me" is even better, turning surreal non sequiturs like "come into my bathroom showroom" and "shred my document" into some of the strangest come-ons since Lick My Decals Off, Baby, as a four-on-the-floor beat gradually overtakes the song, propelling it to new levels of funky weirdness. The Chap's popcraft is also sharper and stranger than ever on Mega Breakfast; songs start out small, then build into precariously balanced, Rube Goldberg-esque contraptions that topple over in artfully unpredictable ways. "Carlos Walter Wendy Stanley"'s interlocking narratives are set off by dueling vocals, quick-shifting tempos, and a musical motif that pops up later on "Wuss Wuss." With all of this mischief and experimentation going on, it's not surprising that a few tracks on Mega Breakfast grate, at least initially: tracks such as "Take It in the Face" and "The Health of Nations" don't quite fire on all cylinders the way that the string-driven sci-fi narcissism of "Fun and Interesting" and "Ethnic Instrument"'s pseudo-exotic but genuinely catchy babble do. The Chap's songs often seem to have giant quotation marks around them, but their hyper-cleverness works far more often than it doesn't, especially when it's supported by all of the mercurial turns that make Mega Breakfast some of the band's most accomplished and widest-ranging music.

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Truly Unique

Mega Breakfast is a truly different beast. It chooses not to conform to conventional paradigms, but rather than take the usual path of dismantling the prevalent pop zeitgeist they choose to subvert it to their own (ever so slightly perverse) ends. Addressing suicide, art, and the decline of young sexiness with offbeat lyricism and an almost self-deprecating sense of production, The Chap refuses to let anything interfere with their work, not even their own artistic stubbornness. They gingerly add pop elements, and it never becomes clear if it's done with a smirk or a grimace. Either way, you will be able to take something of import from this album, even if it's only a newfound sense of irreverence.

Another great record

Another solid recordning by the chap. Highlights include "Fun and Interesting", "Ethnic Instrument","Proper Rock" and "I Saw Them"

A "Mega Breakfast" that will surely fill you up!

Some alternative CDs are just ok, but it's rare that they leave you satisfied. Mega Breakfast is, what the title of the 2nd track is, it's "Fun and Interesting". It's absolutely unbeatable, and it doesn't sound like they're trying too hard, The Chap sounds like a real natural band. My personal favorites on here are Carlos Walter Wendy Stanley, Surgery, Take It In The Face, and I Saw Them.

Biography

Formed: London, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

British electro-rock band the Chap were formed in North London by Claire Hope (keyboards, vocals), Johannes Von Weizsäcker (guitar, vocals, cello), Panos Ghikas (bass, violin, guitar, vocals), and Keith Duncan (drums). They released a 10" EP, Fun, on Lo Recordings in April 2002. Their debut album, The Horse, was released on April 28, 2003, followed on September 29, 2003 by the EP (Hats Off To) Dror Frangi. Their second full-length album, Ham, was released on June 27, 2005. A second EP, The Chop,...
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